Saipan Red Rice (Eneksa Agaga)
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Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  • 4 ounces (113 g) achiote seeds
  • 2 cups (480 ml) water
  • 2 cups medium grain rice
  • 2 slices bacon, fried and chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  1. Soak the achiote seeds in water for about 30 minutes, until the liquid is a dark rich red. Drain the seeds, reserving the liquid.
  2. Put rice, bacon, and onion in the pot and add the achiote liquid. Bring the rice to a boil and then allow it to boil down until the liquid is almost completely gone, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cover and reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir and serve.
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medium bowl
4 quart heavy bottom pot with lid

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You can find achiote seeds in the international foods aisle of well-stocked grocery stores.
Recipe by Andrea Meyers at