Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  204
  • Protein  5 g
  • Carbohydrates  41 g
  • Fat  2 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  68 mg
  • Potassium  152 mg
  • Phosphorus  77 mg
  • Calcium  25 mg
  • Fiber  2.0 g

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

Arroz con Gandules is a tasty and kidney-friendly rice dish that is healthy and festively colorful — a perfect meal for family or to serve at a dinner party.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Tahseen from Florida.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1/2 cup


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Sofrito
  • 1 teaspoon Bijol® annotto powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 chicken-flavor bouillon cube
  • 3/4 cup canned pigeon peas
  • 2 cups long grain rice, uncooked


  1. Drain and rinse pigeon peas. Mince garlic.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large saucepan.
  3. Add Sofrito, Bijol® powder, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, bouillon cube and pigeon peas.
  4. Stir fry for approximately 3 to 4 minutes to seal in juices.
  5. In large sauce pan, prepare rice following the recipe on the package, omitting salt.
  6. Mix rice in with the ingredients in large saucepan and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 starch
  • 1/2 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • See Sofrito recipe on
  • For more protein add one-cup chopped chicken. Adds 4 grams of protein per serving. Use half a rotisserie chicken with the skin and bones removed to save time.
  • Bijol®, a brand name for achiote or annotto powder, gives a yellow-orange color to the rice. It is a replacement for saffron. If unavailable, substitute yellow food coloring or equal parts paprika and turmeric.
  • Frozen or dried cooked pigeon peas may be substituted for canned peas.

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Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

jrmatallana says:


OMG !! as a Puerto Rican I make this all the time, but the original way ( with ham and more seasoning ) I am so so happy that this recipe is in here !!! THAN YOU ! THANK YOU ! THANK YOU !

Aug. 19, 2013, 8:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

pena47 says:


sounds great willtry during the holiday looks like it is easy to make .

Dec. 18, 2012, 3:56 PM - Inappropriate review?

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)



what amount of phospherous would this recipe contain? Moderator comment: A 1/2 cup portion contains 77 mg phosphorus.

Dec. 26, 2011, 2:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

divinesafire says:


I am also under the impression that dialysis patients can't have legumes. My mother is a new dialysis patient and I need to know because these things are on her not to eat list. Moderator comment: With only 3/4 cup of peas for 8 servings the potassium and phosphorus are still in the kidney-friendly range. It is possible to include small amounts of the 'high' foods and stay within the diet guidelines.

May. 11, 2011, 11:35 AM - Inappropriate review?

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)



well what can i said,im verry happy that we have this page where we can find inportant info,thank you

Jan. 14, 2009, 9:19 AM - Inappropriate review?

Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)

gregson says:


I am constantly using your recipes because my mother is on dialysis. Not using salt is hard, I did not realize how much salt was in food until I reduced my usage. This site has allowed me to provide variety, new foods, and allow her to feel like she is not being deprived of good food. Her favorite was the Hearty Chicken Soup and the Meat loaf. As my father is a diabetic and suffers from gout, I am able to provide delicious meals for both. I am also benefiting from the decrease in salt. Please continue the great work.

Jun. 07, 2008, 9:38 AM - Inappropriate review?

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