Arroz con coco is a Colombian traditional side that brings a touch of sweet to a weeknight dinner. The rice takes on a golden color from the toasted coconut milk and brown sugar. It offers just the right counterpoint of dulce to traditional Colombian dishes starring fish or chicken. This recipe is from Michelle Ezratty Murphy, one of our favorite homecooks of comida latina.
Here’s her technique: She boils down coconut milk until it forms a creamy paste. What happens next is delicioso and magical to your taste buds, says Michelle. The coconut paste soaks into the rice grains, giving them a soft-brown color and so much sabor. She adds brown sugar and raisins, and the result is a dulce coconut rice that will leave you craving the side dish a long time after the meal.
For more Colombian traditional dishes, try Janeth Palacio Barrera’s family-famous recipes. Start with her patacones con hogao sauce. Continue with her mother Francy’s flan and whole fried mojarra, which Janeth remembers eating every time they went to the beach on childhood vacations. Today, Janeth is teaching her kids to make their family recipes, including traditional Colombian arepas—just like the Madrigal family made in Encanto!—and these delicioso buñuelos.