Red cream of rice soup


  • 1 chicken fryer, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup of achote water (Achote or annatto. Mix seeds with water to produce red-colored water.)
  • 5 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 cup rice, toasted and ground (or cream of rice browned in a skillet)
  • 1 cup coconut milk (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Sauté garlic in hot oil, then discard garlic. Add onions to oil, along with chicken and achote water. Bring water to a boil, adding chicken broth. Gradually add toasted rice, mixing it in as it is added.

Continue boiling for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens to desired consistency. Add coconut milk, if desired.

Serve with white rice or serve as a soup.

By Josephina D. Chaco

Editor’s note: This recipe is from Lepblon Fina’tinas Para Guam: Guam Cookbook, 1985. Reprinted with permission from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Y Inetnon Famalao’an* (Women’s Association).

* Y Inetnon Famalao’an was a women’s organization composed of cabinet wives and women executives in the government of Guam.