Arroz Con Gandules Recipe Video

A popular Puerto Rican dish prepared in the traditional style. Main ingredients: gandules or pigeon peas, rice, sofrito and pork.


Preparation Time15 MinCooking Time1 Hr 0 Min
Ready In1 Hr 15 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings10
DishMain Ingredient, , ,


 Achiote3 Tablespoon
 Water1 Cup (16 tbs), hot
 Rice2 Cup (32 tbs), cooked
For pork ribs
 Pork spare ribs3 Pound, cut into 3 inch pieces
 Oil2 Tablespoon
 Bay leaf1
 Grape leaf1
 Water1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Wine1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Red hot pepper To Taste
 Salt To Taste
For gandules
 Gandules1 Pound, frozen
 Salt1 Teaspoon
For sofrito
 Green pepper1 , chopped
 Red pepper1 , chopped
 Tomato1 , chopped
 Garlic clove1
 Onion1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
 Green olives1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Thyme sprig1
 Capers1 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 660 Calories from Fat 241

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g40.6%

Saturated Fat 7.9 g39.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 81.7 mg

Sodium 409.4 mg17.1%

Total Carbohydrates 62 g20.5%

Dietary Fiber 8.3 g33.3%

Sugars 1.7 g

Protein 41 g82.8%

Vitamin A 13.5% Vitamin C 52.4%

Calcium 12.8% Iron 21.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. In a pan add oil(2 tablespoon) and achiote, heat slightly to extract the color.

2. In a pan, combine all ingredients of the pork, put on heat, cook for few minutes.Cover and cook for about 50 minutes.
3. In a pot, add gandules along with water and salt, allow to cook for 10 minutes.
4. In another pan, place all ingredients of the sofrito.
5. To the ribs, add the achiote oil, cook for few minutes.
6. Add sofrito ingredients to one side of the pan, cook together for few minutes.
7. Add gandules and hot water, cook for few minutes. Add rice and mix.

8. Serve hot on a banana leaf.

Editors Review

If a dish is named as a national dish of a country, it's got to have something special; like this arroz con gandules is righteously Puerto Rico's national dish. See, how easily it is prepared and what an amazing combination of flavors it has. Worth trying for family get together.


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The Tortilla Guy says :

Aye Dios Mios I want to come over for Dinner !!! The Tortilla Guy
Posted on: 5 October 2007 - 6:11pm
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shantihhh says :

Pigeon Peas/gandules/toovar sounds very nice!
Posted on: 2 October 2007 - 7:14pm