May and Maha love experimenting with trendy international cuisines, and Cuban food is definitely on the hot trend radar.
This dish was adapted by the Cubans from the Spanish paella, it shares many similar flavours like saffron and smoked paprika, and it uses the same kind of rice – a medium grain white rice (we used Sunrice). But the dish is firmly planted in Central American cooking, and their hearts, with plenty of cumin and dry oregano added to give it a distinct flavour.
The best thing about this dish is that it’s all cooked on one pot – so it’s perfect for May and Maha, who hate washing up. It’s a great family meal, and perfect for the girls to make for a big group of their flatmates too. There’s rarely any left as it’s sooooo tasty, but if you do have leftovers – some say it tastes even better the next day.
The mojo sauce is a Cuban favourite, and goes perfectly with any roast or bbq meats, as well as this rice dish. It’s essentially a garlic-citrus sauce and is made with a special kind of bitter orange juice. Here in Australia we use a combination of orange and lime juice to replicate the authentic flavour.
Watch us teach May and Maha this recipe on Episode 6 of Kitchen Rescue on TenPlay