Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Puerto Rican-Style Green Rice with Tomatillos (& Shrimp!)

I love the tangy taste of tomatillos and found this recipe for Puerto Rican-Style Green Rice with Tomatillos in one of my newer cookbooks, The Tropical Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. Tomatillos are low in calories and a very good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.  

Klein says: "If you like tomatillos, you'll love this unusual rice dish. To turn it into a main course for three or four, add about 1 1/2 cups of cooked black beans when you stir in the salsa."  

Puerto Rican-Style Green Rice with Tomatillos
The Tropical Vegan Kitchen, Donna Klein
(Makes 6 servings)

6 large tomatillos (about 3/4 pound), husked, stemmed, and rinsed under warm water to remove stickiness
About 1 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp finely chopped jalapeno chili (optional)
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt, plus additional, to taste
1 1/4 cups long-grain white rice
1/4 cup mild or medium tomato salsa, preferably chunky style

In a medium stockpot or large saucepan filled with boiling water, add the tomatillos and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Drain. Transfer the tomatillos to a food processor fitted with the knife blade, or to a blender; process until smooth and pureed. Add enough water to the tomatillos to measure 2 1/2 cups total.

In a medium deep-sided skillet with a lid, combine the tomatillo mixture, cilantro, chili (if using), oil, garlic, and salt; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice, cover, and reduce heat to low; simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the salsa and additional salt, if necessary. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.

Per serving: Calories 183, Protein 4g, Total Fat 3g, Sat.Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbs 35g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Sodium 208mg.

Notes/Results: Good and tangy with a nice kick from the jalapeno and salsa. I subbed brown long-grain rice for the white rice which is why I think the end result was not so green. This dish is great as a side on its own or a main dish with the black beans but I have been craving shrimp lately so I made some garlic-lime shrimp to eat with it. I marinated the shrimp for about 20 minutes in garlic, parsley flakes, paprika. black pepper and a no-salt herbal blend and then sauteed them in a touch of olive oil until pink and cooked through and then squeezed the juice of a lime over them. A delicious, filling and healthy dinner.

Although it is by no means cold here, the weather the past couple of days has been cool by Hawaii's standards, which means wearing socks and a having a light blanket on the couch. Since we don't often have a lot of blankets sitting around the house, Max has decided that it is his new toy and thinks it is pretty fun to play hide and seek.


  1. The flavors in rice and bean combos really appeal to me...I love Mexican seasonings. I think I really need to get my hands on that cookbook...this may call for a trip to the library. Two thumbs up for a delicious and nutritious dinner.

  2. This looks very good. I am saving this recipe although I am not sure I can get tomaillas around here.

    Love the cat.

  3. This looks delicious with those big shrimp sitting pretty on top!! Your cat is cute!

  4. Deb,
    My parents live on the Kona side of the big island. They've said it's been cold too...68 one evening, that is cold for Hawaii standards!

    I need some blogger help. I tried to add your Souper Sunday badge to my blog last night, but couldn't figure out how to do it. I added the gadget and clicked on add a picture from the web but it didn't recognize that. Am I not doing it correctly? I want to add you badge because I love your event! Making a soup every week is helping me with my diet considerably as I can have a bowl of soup for lunch instead of my usual sandwich. Any info you have on how to add the badge would be helpful!

  5. Look at the size of those shrimp!
    I have yet to try a tomatillo, but they sound like my kind of food. I love tart and tangy.
    A great, well balanced dinner - did you save me some? I promise not to send you any snow.

  6. Sounds like an amazing dish! Love all the flavours there. Yummy!

  7. The shrimp look huge! Sounds like the combination was a success.

  8. mmm these flavors sound really good! stay warm :)

  9. Perfect timing! I was just looking through my cookbooks for a good rice and bean type side dish to go with some salmon!

  10. Joanne--thanks! it was healthy and tasted good too.

    Pierce--hope you can find them were you are! If not maybe you could get some tomatillo salsa in a jar and use it for a similar taste.

    Reeni--Max says thanks! I think Moon is adorable too!

    Joie de vivre--so glad it worked for you finally--thanks for adding the logo!

    Natashya--of course but I am not sure how it will survive the trip!


    Duo Dishes--thanks! they were great shrimp!

    Kat--thanks! You too! ;-)

    Pam--I hope you like this one!


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