I love Latin American cuisine and I am always trying to figure out how to prepare and master various Latin American dishes that I have enjoyed throughout my life. I actually live very close to a great Latin American takeout restaurant. My children and I love the food at La Constena Market but takeout is a very expensive habit. Besides while some offerings such a their guacamole may be candida diet friendly, I know that many of the dishes that we love most are not. Our favorite thing to eat at La Constena Market is yellow rice and red beans. My children started to request yellow rice and red beans daily so I figured it was time to create a yeast free version. I already had a good recipe for red beans so I just had to figure out how to turn brown rice yellow.
So what is it that actually makes rice yellow? After some research I discovered three ingredients commonly used to give food a yellow color, achiote powder, turmeric and FD&C Yellow No. 5. Achiote powder is actually ground annatto seeds and is commonly used in Latin American cuisine. Turmeric is a spice used often to color food, most notably mustard. FD&C Yellow No. 5 is a synthetic dye and is the second most widely used food coloring. I ultimately decided to go with achiote powder to color the rice. While turmeric worked well in my yeast free yellow mustard it has a slightly bitter taste, which I did not think would go over well with the kids. While food dye would probably have given me the best color, using food dye is not in the spirit of living yeast free.
This Yeast Free Yellow Rice came out perfect. I was thrilled that my children seemed to enjoy this yellow rice as much as the one at La Constena Market. It is certainly not as yellow as the one at the restaurant but it close enough and now I can control what is in it. I am sure that this Yeast Free Yellow Rice will be a great accompaniment to many of my future Latin American cuisine experiments.
Specific Ingredients I Used In Yeast Free Yellow Rice
Bertolli Olive Oil
Diamond Crystal Fine Sea Salt
Badia Ground Annatto or McCormick Turmeric
ShopRite Long Grain Brown Rice
- 2 and ½ cups filtered water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon achiote powder (ground annatto)
- 1 cup long grain brown rice
- In medium sauce pan heat water over medium high heat
- Add olive oil, salt and achiote
- Bring to boil
- Add rice and bring to a boil again
- Reduce heat to low and cover
- Simmer on low until rice is tender about 35 – 45 minutes
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