Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cooking for Dummies : Arroz Caldo

Those who know me know perfectly well that my knowledge and ability to cook is Zilch. Nada. During pot lucks, most of my friends bring something they prepared in their own kitchen and I always have to have dibs on desert so I can conveniently bring like a box of Krispy Kreme or Oz Cake's Choco molten lava.( Not that they're complaining because Oz's Lava cakes is the best in the whole world!)

But when you're a mom like me who doesn't have household help, you have no choice. That toddler has got to be fed with real food! A this point, Gerber and Cerelac are no longer enough.


So I asked my sister's maid to teach me how to cook a simple arroz caldo (Rice congee with chicken). It's a perfect dish to learn because its something that both an adult and a baby can enjoy. And the great thing about it is you only need the usual cooking ingredients laying around your kitchen. Ingredients I take for granted:




ginger garlic onions broth
I know I should be using real chicken stock. That will be my next "project" hehe


Left to right:Ginger
Onions
Garlic
1 Chicken cube (I know I should be using real chicken broth. That will be my next "project" hehe)

Not in pic:
Chicken
Bigas (Uncooked Rice)

 I don't even know if I chopped the ginger correctly. Is there a proper way to do it? Anyway I didn't think it would matter as long as I took the skin off



arroz caldo recipe

So first I just saute the chicken with the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Just mix mix mix. Saute saute saute. Until chicken turns white.


arroz caldo recipe

Then I add water (to about half of the pot) , and 1 cup of bigas (uncooked rice). Water does not have to be boiling before you dump the rice. I just go ahead and dump it right in there. Oh and I add the chicken cube as well.


arroz caldo recipe

Just keep stirring.... Just keep stirring... I leave it on low fire from time to time to check on Rain. When it starts to look dry, I'll just keep adding water for the consistency I like until rice looks cooked. I like my arroz caldo to be risotto-ish. I don't like it too liquid-y (so much for my cooking terms) I also add a little of my secret magic to add more flavor (Maggi*cough* Magic *cough* Sarap *cough*)


arroz caldo recipe

And that's basically it. I think you can sprinkle chopped spring onions as garnish when serving but I don't have that right now.


arroz caldo

Before feeding to Rain, I of course shred the white meat of the chicken, of course because we all know its healthier. (And because I want to keep the yummy sinful red meat to myself he he)

Rain really seems to like it. And that melts my heart. The garlic-y smell on my hands that wont come off becomes so worth it!


toddler arroz caldo

And that my friends is the first official recipe in my few-things-I-know-how-to-cook list.
















17 comments:

  1. You know I just realized.. I haven't tried this yet! :(

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  2. I'll cook it for you on a weekend hehe :)

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  3. Congrats! The only dishes I know how to cook are the instant Carbonara and Sisig in can, hahaha! :D

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  4. Hahaha we're so alike pala! Honestly i thought i was the only mom who doesn't cook. Hihihi! In fairness the canned sisig is really good! Especially when you add egg!:-) i miss it. Ill buy nga hehehe

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  5. Gusto ko rin tikman ito.

    Share please, Rain!

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  6. wow! cooking arroz caldo is something you should be proud of! :) Galing! Judging from Baby Rain's photo, looks like she really enjoyed it so much! :)

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    1. Hi Berylle! Thank you! yes its her favorite!(To tell you honestly I like it too hahaha!) Kaya whenever I cook it's not just for her. Hati kami hahaha!

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  7. Yummy!

    but I suggest real chicken broth, and make a separate one for Rain without the Maggi and the one with Maggi is for the adults..

    I too am addicted to maggi, but we all know what it's made of.

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    1. Yeah nga eh I really want to know how to make chicken stock para that's what I'll use para healthier. Kaya din I don't always make it for her. Will attempt to do that soon! Wish me luck! :-)

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  8. I realized.. I know how to make Molo Soup but not Arroz Caldo. Good job Rina! :)

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    1. Oooooh me likey! Share recipe please!:-) Hehehehe Thanks Michy!

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  9. Rain is sooooo cute! If you want to get rid of the garlic smell on your hands, touch something that's made of stainless steel (I usually use a spoon or a ladle) when washing. Same thing if you just ate raw onions and want to get rid of the smell in your mouth - just "suck" (hehehe) or "lick" a stainless steel spoon and let it also touch the other places of your mouth until you feel all the smell is gone.

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  10. Ooooops, may post ka na pala about removing the smell of garlic from your hands, hahaha...

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    1. Hi Inaki! Yep hahaha! But I didn't know that it would work for the mouth as well so thank you for that! Hehehehe :-)

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