Peruvian Rice and Lentils (Tacu Tacu)
Peruvian Rice and Lentils (Tacu Tacu)
  • prep: 20 min
  • cook: 45 min
  • total: 1 hr 5 min
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  • Summary

    Versions of this casual dish are found throughout Peru, often crowned with a steak and a fried egg. Cooks flip the mixture of beans and rice frequently while it fries so that the exterior develops a crisp, browned crust. We've simplified the technique, but have no fear— you will still end up with lots of delectable crunchy bits. Although it is served here as a side dish, tacu tacu also makes a satisfying vegetarian supper alongside a green salad.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup dried brown lentils (7 ounces)
    • 7 1/4 cups water, divided
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic, divided
    • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
    • 1 cup long-grain white rice
    • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon bottled ají amarillo or ají mirasol paste (sometimes labeled "crema")

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 161 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 11 g 17.59%
    • Saturated Fat: 2 g 8.13%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 52 mg 2.16%
    • Calcium: 12 mg 1.22%
    • Potassium: 71 mg 2.04%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 2.78%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 13 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g 4.12%
    • Sugar: 0 g
    • Protein: 2 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Vitamin A 0%
    • Vitamin C 0%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch1
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total1 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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