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Asopao de Gandules

Gandules (pigeon peas)

(Puerto Rican rice and pigeon pea stew)

Average: 3.2 (29 votes)

Asopao is a Puerto Rican word for a stew thickened with rice, and asopaos of many kinds are very popular in Puerto Rican cuisine. Asopao de gandules is a nice vegetarian version.

4 to 6 servings


  • Rice -- 1 1/2 cups
  • Water or stock -- 6 cups
  • Oil -- 1/4 cup
  • Onion, finely chopped -- 1
  • Green or red bell peppers, finely chopped --3
  • Garlic, minced -- 2-3
  • Oregano, dried -- 2 teaspoons
  • Tomatoes, chopped -- 2 cups
  • Pigeon peas (gandules), cooked -- 2 cups
  • Pimento-stuffed olives -- 1/4 cup
  • Capers, rinsed -- 1 tablespoon
  • Cilantro, chopped -- 1/2 bunch
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Mix the rice and water together in a large bowl and let it soak while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high flame. Add the onions and peppers and sauté until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and oregano and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and simmer to cook down somewhat, 5-7 minutes. Then stir in the rice and its soaking water and the pigeon peas, olives, capers, cilantro, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through. Add water as necessary to keep asopao stew-like. Adjust seasoning and serve.


  • Saute 1 cup of chopped ham with the onions and peppers if you like.
  • Add 1 tablespoon achiote oil if you like for a pleasing color and some extra flavor.


you forgot the ADOBO & ZASON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's basically a seasoning salt. Same with adobo, a kind of seasoning. Both very popular with Boricuans, but I tend to avoid flavoring packets. I prefer the real thing. Of course, you're welcome to add it if you like.

I haven't tried this yet but I will as soon as I pick up the gandules, olives & capers. I am so happy to find a PR recipe that doesn't use Sazon or Adobo because I am allergic to MSG and last time I made gandules con arrozo & Lechon I suffered for the meal.

pues la verdad me gusto mucho . :)