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Haitian Black Rice - Diri ak Djon Djon

Haitian Black Rice

This Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon) recipe uses Black mushrooms which are

native to the northern part of Haiti. Considered a delicacy, they are not used in everyday

cooking. When boiled, they release a gray-black coloring, giving this recipe and many

others a distinctive aroma, flavor and color. This rice is usually served with a meat or

fish dish.


2 Cups of Dried Black Mushrooms (djon djon)

3 garlic cloves minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion chopped

2 cups long-grain rice

2 teaspoons salt

1 tsp Ground cloves

1 (12-ounce) can lima beans (or green peas)

1 to 2 thyme sprigs

1 green Scotch bonnet pepper


Step 1

In small pot, soak mushrooms in 4 cups water for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Boil mushrooms on low heat for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Strain the mushroom water into another container for later use. The mushrooms in the

strainer will no longer needed.

Step 4

In a large pot, sauté the garlic and onions on medium heat for 2 minutes.

Step 5

Add the rice and stir for 3-5 min.

Step 6

Next, add the mushroom water, salt, cloves and lima beans.

Step 7

Bring the water to a boil and reduce the hear when most of the water evaporates

(approximately 10-15 min).

Step 8

Stir the rice, set the temperature to low.

Step 9

Add Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme.

Step 10

Cover the pot and steam the rice for 15 min.

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