Pigeon Peas and Rice

Pigeon Peas and Rice

A few weeks ago we were stopping at a Mexican grocery store. I love walking the aisles looking for tasty treats. On this particular trip, I was drooling over the large selection of dried beans and legumes. There were several I had never seen before including Pigeon Peas, so I bought them.

Pigeon Peas

The instructions for cooking on the back where similar to other beans: soak overnight, and then cook in lots of water until soft. I dumped the entire one pound package into a large bowl and rinsed them off. After rinsing, I filled the bowl up with water and put it in the fridge overnight. I didn’t want them sprouting while soaking. It happened with chickpeas once!

They cooked up like black beans at about 90 minutes. So now I had the beans cooked, what to do with them? After lots of Google searching, the following recipe was born.

It is a delightful medley of texture and flavor. Slightly sweet with a touch of savory. The pea’s thick skin in contrast to the soft rice. A nice blend of colors. This recipe would be great on a hot summer day.

Pigeon Peas and Rice

  • 2 cups cooked Pigeon Peas
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 can diced green chilies (4oz)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes drained (14.5oz)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

  1. Pour 1 cup of water into a large pot and heat.
  2. Once water is hot, add the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the pepper, chilies, tomato, cumin, allspice, and thyme. Cook for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the Pigeon Peas, brown rice, and last cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  5. Let simmer for 15 minutes until water is absorbed.
  6. Add chopped cilantro and serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!

Makes about five cups.

Pigeon Peas and Rice


  1. That looks really good. I'd never heard of pigeon peas before either.

    I don't think I've even been in a Mexican market, maybe it is time to wander. For some reason I always gravitate towards the Asian markets we have in town.

  2. yes, lots of tasty items in a Mexican store including plantains, beans, corn tortillas, cilantro, and delicious salsas.