Arroz Con Almendras – Almond Rice Adds Elegant Crunch

Arroz Con Almendras – Almond Rice Adds Elegant Crunch

Arroz con almendras is an almond rice recipe from the Baja California and Sonora region of Mexico. A bit of trivia:  sharks are common to both US California and Mexico Baja California and Sonora.   I serve almond rice with fish dishes.

Almond Rice, Arroz Con Almendras, is a dish from Baja California and the Sonora region

The almond slivers add a slight crunch and enhances the nutty flavor of the rice.  It’s a cousin of rice pilafs, and I think you’ll love the light taste of onion and celery.  It’s a great dish for parties to accompany fish dishes.  I also serve it with Asado De Puerco (Puerco En Chile Colorado), and with Mole dishes.

Recipe for Arroz Con Almendras, Almond Rice

Almond Rice, "Arroz Con Almendras," is light, with a nutty crunch.
Almond Rice, “Arroz Con Almendras,” is light, with a nutty crunch.

Recipe is from my cookbook, Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes

Ingredients  (serves 4)
1 cup brown rice
1 tablespoons canola or other non-hydrogenated vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white onion, minced
2 tablespoons celery, minced
5 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook until translucent, about 1–2 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook
another minute.
2. Add the rice, slivered almonds, and water, and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and cook at a very slow simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.

For more home-cooking  Mexican recipes, see my cookbook: “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes”

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