Delicious Pinoy-style lugaw recipe: A step-by-step guide

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  January 30, 2022

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Lugaw can instantly bring you back to your childhood where a cup or two can be sold in a small eatery or carinderia.

This Pinoy Pinoy-style lugaw recipe is a perfect breakfast, snack, or even dinner. Lugaw is also known as “Rice Porridge.”

Lugaw can be considered as a complete meal since it is composed of carbohydrates from the rice, protein from an array of meat like chicken or egg and some bits of vegetables as a garnish that is fried garlic and onion chives.

Easy to make Lugaw Recipe

Easy Lugaw Recipe (A Step by Step Guide)

Lugaw always starts with a good broth. To start off with cooking lugaw, keep in mind that chicken bones make a very savory chicken broth that serves as the base for making this rice porridge dish.

  • After boiling the chicken bones for about an hour, strain the bones to get a clear stock, then set aside.
  • The next step for making lugaw is to saute your aromatics. This includes sautéing minced garlic, chopped white onions, and sliced ginger into a little oil.
  • This will be followed by sauteeing the meat of your choice. The most traditional meat that is used for lugaw is chicken or chicken innards. Next step is to add in your rice.
  • Now the kind or variety of rice that is preferred in making lugaw is the malagkit or sticky and short grained variety.
  • Then the process continues by adding the chicken stock. So how would you know if your lugaw is ready? Check on the rice, the grains should be swollen, puffed and soft to the bite.

The best rice to use is this sweet and sticky kind.

Delicious Lugaw recipe

Lugaw is always best with delicious toppings and served hot.

The Filipino’s Lugaw Recipe traditionally will eat lugaw with a dash of black pepper, some patis or fish sauce, a squeeze of calamansi or local lime, and some sprinkling of fried garlic and chopped onion chives.

Also, if you like this Preparation on “Lugaw Recipe” article, how about trying our “Arroz Caldo Recipe” too. Posted here.

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