Rice with Corn, Moro de Maíz

Arroz con Maiz, Moro

What is Moro? Moro is a flavorful dish made by cooking rice with beans or any legume or vegetable, along with a mix of seasonings and color from ingredients like tomato paste, saffron, or annatto. In Puerto Rico, it's known as rice and beans, while in Cuba it's called congrí, made with rice and black beans.

En Español Arroz con Maíz

Today, I'm excited to share a favorite at our home: moro de maíz. This delicious rice dish pairs perfectly with beef stew, chicken, pork, as well as Mexican-style tacos, meat, or fajitas.

Rice with Corn Recipe    

3 cups rice
3 ½ cups water
¼ cup corn oil
2 cans of corn (one drained and one with water)
1 chicken bullion  
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon saffron or achiote (annatto) -optional for color
2 teaspoons (4 cloves) of garlic paste or to taste.
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro (optional)
4 tablespoons seasoning check, Sazón or 1 onion finely chopped and ½ bell pepper chopped

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat.

2. Add seasoning and onions and peppers, sauté for three minutes, add broth, salt, tomato sauce, saffron, and garlic. Stir until well blended.

3.  Raise the heat to high and add the water plus water from one can of corn, reserving corn. When boiling, add washed and drained rice. Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until dry. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

4. Add corn, stir to mix well with rice and cover. Cook for 20 minutes.

Yield: Serves 5 - 6.

a) The amount of water depends on the type of rice you use; it also depends on whether you like loose or mushy.  I use American Select Rice (long grain) and I cook the rice to be loose and grainy because that's the way my family likes it.
For a loose rice grainy rice - use less water.
For a softer mushy like rice- used more water.

b) This is a recipe where I use 1 packet of Sazón Goya (with saffron) if I have no annatto or saffron at hand.

In this photo, the Rice with Corn is presented with Stewed Beef Dominican style.

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