Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon)

Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak jon jon) from
  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 45m

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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  1. posted by Kaleb on January 2, 2014

    This is my weakness . Best rice in the world, delicious with chicken and sauce.


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