View Full Version : Bijol Seasoning?

09-02-2003, 09:59 AM
Hi! I am planning to make the cooking light " Arroz Con Pollo" recipie tonight and it calls for Bijol seasoning. I have not seen such a thing before. Any ideas for something I could substitute. Where do other people find this spice? :confused:

09-02-2003, 10:10 AM
Here is what I found on the Cook's Thesaurus site ( www.foodsubs.com ) for bijol (http://www.foodsubs.com/SpiceHisp.html), also known as annatto seeds.

And here is a link to a couple of reviews of the Arroz con Pollo (http://community.cookinglight.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=24426&highlight=bijol%2A), along with a CL correction to the recipe.

Welcome to the board. :)

sarah louise
09-02-2003, 12:04 PM
I have bijol from when I lived in Florida. I use it to color my rice yellow when I make Caribbean black beans and rice. I don't think it has much flavor--it is mostly food coloring. Some might use it as a "saffron substitute", but only for the color. I think you could leave it out with no problem, or just add some yellow food coloring. -sarah

09-02-2003, 12:33 PM
Bijol is used in Cuban recipes. You might find it in latino product section. You can subst for saffron as it gives the rice a nice coloring. You might also try Goya con azafran (envelopes) which are in the latin section and seasoning area.

09-02-2003, 02:44 PM
i agree with vanessa- most people i know (including myself) use the goya sazon con azafran when they make their arroz con pollo. it makes your rice that beautiful yellow color. the only bad thing is that it has msg :o the oil from annato seeds and annato powder will also add color, but not the flavor that the sazon does.