Rice with pigeon peas and coconut is one of my favorite Panamanian dishes. I tried this dish for the first time in my family's home in Panama, and I fell in love with it. The pigeon pea can also be found in Puerto Rican, Colombian and Venezuelan recipes. It's a small green bean that originated in India. You can find them fresh at local supermarkets in Panama. In the U.S. they can be found canned in coconut milk.
The original Panamanian recipe inspires the version I’m sharing with you today. Let's get cooking!