Food of Panama – Pineapple and Rice Chicha

This recipe was sent to me by our friend Antonio Cabarr on YouTube. It is an excellent and refreshing drink, perfect for a hot day. It is also a great way to use up pineapple peels. Here is what you are going to need for this:

Pineapple peel
1/2 cup rice
1 stick cinnamon
1 cup evaporated milk or regular milk
1 cup simple syrup or water and sugar to taste
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg

Place the pineapple peel, rice and cinnamon stick in a pan. Cover it with water and bring to a boil. Cook until the rice is softened. Let it cool down completely.

Place the cooked rice and peel in the blender and puree. Pass the juice through a sieve and strain into a bowl. Add the milk, syrup, vanilla and nutmeg. Stir well and pour into a pitcher. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Print the Panamanian Rice and Pineapple chicha Recipe Here

My name is Mary Ann Allen and I am here to help you get organized so you can save money on groceries and feed your family healthy, nutritious food. My multi-cultural cooking background comes from being born in the US and raised in Bolivia. I have 5 kids and own around 400 cook books. I absolutely love to cook!


  • February 8, 2013


    Such a good idea to make a use of pineapple peel!! I absolutly love this chicha!! Do you have a recipe for Chicha de mani?

  • February 10, 2013


    Hi Cathy!
    I do not but I guess I will have to come up with one! Thank you very much for stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • October 14, 2013


    I found your site on the internet while looking for Pineapple rice drink that my fiancé raves about. His mom was Panamanian, and he lived there for a couple of years. Thank you for the recipe, I am going to try and make it to surprise him. He also talks of Panamanian Tamales with sweet corn, raisins and wrapped in banana leaves. Would you happen to have a recipe for those? I appreciate any help that you can give me. Thank you and keep up the good work!

  • October 15, 2013


    Hi Shelley!
    I am happy you found my site and that it was helpful. I am not familiar with Panamanian tamales but that does not mean I can not figure them out and maybe make a video for you. Let me see what I can do! Thank you for stopping by!
    Mary Ann

  • February 14, 2016


    Can this be stored in the fridge overnight?

  • February 19, 2016

    mary ann allen

    Hi Melody!
    So sorry for the delay. Yes. You can store this overnight. Thank you for stopping by.
    Mary Ann