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The Hirshon Mariana Islands Red Rice - Hineksa’ Aga’ga’

The Hirshon Mariana Islands Red Rice – Hineksa’ Aga’ga’

  • Author: The Generalissimo


Units Scale
  • 5 cups Calrose rice (if not Calrose, regular short-grain will do)
  • 5 1/2 cups bottled water, use more as needed
  • 1 Tbsp. Better Than Bouillon vegetable base
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 3 small cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • ***
  • Use up to 5 tsp. seasoning salt, made from:
  • 1 tsp. dry-toasted and freshly-ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. dry-toasted and freshly-ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika (TFD change, original used sweet paprika)
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Accent Seasoning
  • ***
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp. whole achiote seeds


  1. In a medium pot, measure and rinse 5 cups of rice. Add 5 ¼ cups water (more water may be necessary while the rice cooks) + the vegetable base.
  2. Add the oil, bacon drippings, garlic, and onions. Season to taste with seasoning salt, salt and pepper so that it is quite flavorful. Set the pot on medium-high heat.
  3. Place a strainer over the pot such that it is about 2 inches submerged into the liquid. Put the achiote seeds into the strainer. As the liquid heats, the color and flavor will be released. Stir the seeds within the strainer constantly.
  4. Boil the rice for 10 minutes, long enough to get a dark orange, almost red color. Stir the pot of rice occasionally to prevent the bottom from sticking and burning.
  5. After the coloring is completed, remove the strainer with the seeds. At this time, if it looks like much of the water has been absorbed, add ¼ cup more water.
  6. Stir rice. Cover the pot and steam for 10 minutes.
  7. Check rice. If kernels are cooking and the rice looks to have enough water, scoop rice and steam another 15 minute. However, if the kernels are still quite opaque and rice looks dry, add ½ cup additional water. Do not stir cooked rice, as stirring makes it mushy.
  8. Check rice and repeat until rice is cooked. Use an ice cream scoop to serve perfect mounds of rice.

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