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Friday, March 16, 2007

Achiote Potatoes and Black-eyed Peas

Achiote (ah-chee-OH-tay) is a tropical flowering tree. The fruits of achiote is not usually edible, but, its seeds (annatto ) are used as a flavoring and a natural dye.

It is traditionally used as seasoning in Yucatan and Central American dishes, and makes a nice marinade when combined with a few other spices to make a rub. The rich red color and a mild earthy flavor are its main attraction for me. The achiote red rub used in this recipe works well for chicken, but, i decided to use it for simple potatoes instead.

Achiote seeds (annatto) are usually sold in the form of small bricks of thick paste.
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For the achiote red rub, combine the following ingredients into a fine paste:
2 Tbsp of annatto brick pictured above
1 Tbsp black pepper powder
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper powder
1 tsp ground corainder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp all-spice powder
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp canola oil

Ingredients for black-eyed peas recipe:
1 cup cooked black eyed peas
1-2 ancho pasilla dry red chilies, soaked in hot water, chopped finely
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp coriander powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp achiote red rub
salt to taste
some cilantro for garnish

For the potatoes:
1 large baking potato, peeled, cubed
salt to taste
oil as needed to panfry
2 Tbsp achiote red rub


par-cook the potatoes in boiling water or microwave; drain, coat well with the achiote red rub, set aside for 15 to 20 minutes

meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the black-eyed peas recipe and simmer gently in a pan, stirring often; adjust salt to taste; off heat garnish with cilantro

heat oil in a pan, add the potatoes and pan fry till desired crispness on the outside; alternately, roast it in the oven at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned

serve the potatoes and black-eyed peas with rice or warm tortillas

The achiote red rub lasts for about 5-7 days if refrigerated in an air-tight container.

Becky at Key Lime and Coconut is hosting this week's Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB), and this is my first entry for the WHB.

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  • At 7:50 PM, Blogger Kalyn said…

    I have some of this paste but never knew what to use it for. Sounds interesting.

  • At 3:46 AM, Blogger Helene said…

    So like Asha, you are introducinga annato to us. It looks great and I´ve definitely see where I can get it. :)

  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger sher said…

    I wish I could find achiote in my town, but so far it's not available. I think it's time to order it. Your pictures are beautiful.


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