I believe you can get the achote seeds by mail order from Penzeys Ltd. Visit their web site at www.penzeys.com and order a catalog.


  • 2 tablespoons achote seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups rice


Soak achote seeds in 1 1/2 cups warm water for 30 minutes. Add salt. Rub or press achote seeds to release color. Strain liquid into a small bowl. Saute the onions in the oil. Measure achote colored water and add enough more water to equal 2 cups. Bring to boil in a saucepan. Rinse and drain rice and add to boiling water Add sauteed onions. Reduce heat to low; cover pan and cook about 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: My Files
Submitted By: Joy Bowers
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