Northern Mariana Islands Dish (Recipe)
Hineksa Agaga (Unofficial Main Dish)
Hineksa (rice), suni (taro), lemmai (breadfruit), and batatas(potatoes) have long been the staple foods of the indigenous Chamorro people of the Northern Mariana Islands. Hineksa agaga ("red rice") uses the natural pigment of the achiote seeds obtained from the annatto tree (introduced by the Spanish in the 17th century). This gives the dish an attractive and festive red color. Red rice is a popular everyday and ceremonial food that is usually accompanied by meat or fish and traditional sauces like finadeni. This sauce is prepared by combining equal measures of soy sauce, lemon juice, and chopped green onions, and seasoning the combination with crushed red pepper flakes.
Recipe Serves 4
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