A Sleeping Indian and some rice pudding

Flower of the air was the name of the Indian princess, daughter Urraca, the fiercest chieftain who fought the Spanish conquistadores (conquerors) in the lands of the Isthmus of Panama. Unfortunately for her, she fell in love with one of the warriors who tried to conquer his people. For that impossible love she despised the one offered by Yaraví, the bravest young man of his tribe. Yaraví in despair, committed suicide by jumping from the top of a mountain in front of Flor del Aire. She, for not betraying their race, never saw the Spanish again. And wandered about over mountains and through valleys crying her misfortune, until overtaken by death, facing the beloved mountains where she was born. The mountains pitied her, and to perpetuate this sad love story, copied his figure, to The Sleeping Indian at Anton Valley at Panama.

 Excerption from Presbyter Joseph Noto, History of El Valle de Anton

Rice pudding

Now I want to share a recipe that is common in many countries, in Indonesia is call Ketan hitam, in Italy Budino di Riso (john and ambrosiana will correct me if I’m wrong) In the United Kingdom, rice pudding is a traditional dessert and is very popular. In Spain the arroz con leche has lemon peel. But, my dear friends, today’s recipe was taken from a Panamanian cook book, so it is 100% Panama. In fact, it is customary, when someone discovers the first tooth of a baby, to make a batch of rice pudding and share it among family and friends. Go figure!


1 cup rice
3 cups water
4 cups milk
1 cinnamon stick
Sugar to taste
¼  tsp. salt
½  tsp. vanilla
Raisins (optional)


Soak the rice in the water for 1 or 2 hours. Drain and put it in a saucepan with the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and salt. When it starts to boil, low the heat and let it simmer until is creamy. Stir from time to time and don’t let it stick to the bottom of the pot. This will takes about 20 minutes or so.

Remove the cinnamon stick, add vanilla and raisings (optional) and serve in cups with a dash of cinnamon on top.


10 Replies to “A Sleeping Indian and some rice pudding”

  1. Another great post with beautiful pics! My son loves rice (it is a main staple in Hawaii and I ate it with every meal growing up!) and I will have to make this for him!

    1. Hi Ailovebaking! Rice is also a main staple in Panama. Everyday rice is like bread in Spain… I always say that love for rice must be genetic, because my kids love rice so much…
      I hope your son enjoys it very much. 🙂

  2. I, too, love rice pudding but never have I soaked the rice first. I am definitely going to try this recipe. It sounds too good not to. Thank you for sharing.

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