Valencian rice is one of those dishes with countless variations, all depending on the chef's taste. I'd say this rice is somewhat similar to chicken rice, but it's set apart by ingredients like white wine, shrimp, and other meats that can be added.
I wanted to make it because my grandmother used to prepare it for us on special occasions. I eagerly awaited these events to savor this delicious rice, which ranks among my favorites.
I remember her making it with so much love. Each time she did, I'd be one of the kids who'd stay in the kitchen, fascinated by her preparing that wonderful dish.
That's why I've decided to share this recipe. I know it by heart and want you all to enjoy it as much as I have. The ingredients in our recipe are very basic, aiming not to make this dish costly but something you can easily prepare at home. However, if you wish, you can add shrimp, olives, sausages, squid, artichokes, among others. It's all up to your taste.
This recipe is perfect for special occasions, be it birthdays, weddings, first communions. Serve it as a main dish, accompanied by sliced bread or a fresh salad as an appetizer. Let's get creative and make delicious Valencian rice. Let's cook.
Perfect Rice Consistency for this Recipe?
The ideal texture for Valencian rice is "al dente", meaning cooked but still firm. Achieve this by boiling the water with the rice and, once the water has evaporated, lower the heat and cover until the rice is perfect.
Tip: Test the rice's doneness by crushing a grain with your fingers. If it mashes entirely without resistance, it's ready.
How to Enhance the Flavor of My Valencian Rice?
The secret lies in the details: sautéing the onion and garlic until soft is essential. Then add diced carrots and sliced mushrooms for an incredible mix of flavors. Incorporating white wine, a beef bouillon cube, saffron, salt, and pepper takes the taste to the next level.
Tip: Make sure all ingredients blend well. Stir everything to ensure the rice has a uniform flavor.
Achieving Perfectly Browned Chicken for My Rice?
The chicken for Valencian Rice should be well-browned. The key is to sauté the pre-cut chicken until you achieve the desired golden hue.
Tip: Don't stir the chicken constantly. Let it brown in its juices for a more concentrated flavor.
Often, the final result can be affected by small errors. A frequent one in Valencian Rice is not letting the white wine evaporate entirely. If not fully evaporated, the rice might have a strong and slightly bitter taste. Ensure you cook on low heat until the wine has entirely evaporated.
Exploring Related Flavors
If you enjoy the mix of rice with chicken and vegetables, I'd recommend trying Colombian Chicken Rice or Valencian Paella. Both share ingredients like rice, chicken, and veggies, but each has its special touch. The Valencian Paella, for instance, includes seafood, providing a unique taste loved by many.
I hope these tips and answers help in your kitchen and inspire you to continue exploring the wonders of Colombian cuisine!
Pair this Valencian rice with a delightful soft drink or a refreshing guava juice. We also recommend making chicken stew or ground beef meatballs.
- 500 g chicken
- 300 g rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 onions
- 3 carrots
- 250 g mushrooms
- White wine
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- Salt and pepper
- Boil the water with the rice in a pot. Once the water has evaporated, reduce the heat, cover, and let the rice cook until perfect.
- In a pan with oil, sauté finely chopped onion and garlic until soft. Then add peeled and diced carrots. Once they soften, add the sliced mushrooms. After they're ready, pour in the two cups of white wine, the beef bouillon cube, two small spoonfuls of saffron, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for an additional 10 minutes until the wine evaporates.
- In another pan, sauté the pre-cut chicken until it's golden brown. Once done, add it to the pan with the vegetables and the previously boiled rice.
- Stir everything well so the ingredients combine. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.