Pegao de Arroz o Pega (Crispy White Rice)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- 3 cups of water
- Salt to taste
- Heat the oil in large non stick saucepan. Add the rice and stir it in so that it is well coated by the oil, add the water and bring to a boil.
- Let the water reduce, cover and reduce the temperature to low, and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Raise the heat to medium and cook stirring constantly for about 10 minutes more. Be sure the rice doesnu2019t burn or overcook. Scrape off the bottom with a spoon a wooden spoon.
- If you want pegao cooked on top, put it into the oven at broil for 5 minutes, watching it closely. Served with a fried egg.
Pegao de Arroz is the crusty rice left over at the bottom of the pot after cooking Colombian-style white rice. This rice dish is crispy and absolutely delicious...really!
Unless you are a Latina, or spend a lot of time with a Latin family, chances are you're not familiar with this home cooked side dish called Pegao. This dish is known by many names... Pega, Cucayo, or Chicharras in Colombia, Pegao in Puerto Rico, Concón in the Dominican Republic, Concolón in Panama and Cocolón in Ecuador.
Pegao de Arroz is not something typically served at Colombian restaurants that are not based in Colombia. This to me, is Colombian and Latin home cooking through and through.
How clever! I like rice from the bottom of the pot too. 🙂 ela
I've never had this but it sounds delicious.
Me dio mucha risa de ver esta receta I love pega de arroz mi esposo think I'm crazy because I like burn rice that's what he call it. Muy comico keep putting recetas de nuestra tierra,raras. Keep up the good work!!
Si no estoy mal creo que los cubanos le dicen raspa.
Mis hermana y yo peleamos por comer pegao. Que lindos recuerdos
After 58 years I heard from my baby sister, that my mother would secretly call her to the kitchen, and give her the prize at the bottom of the rice pot (pegao). It took a bit to shake off the feelings of betrayal, and down right favoritism my mommy had for my sister. I’m over it now, and have forgiven them both! Ah yes, fond memories indeed☹️
This brings back great memories. When I was a kid, we would argue over who got it but as an adult, I got it to myself until I shared some with my kids. My mistake, ha ha. Now they have grown and moved out, I have it back. Love this food