Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon)

  • 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.

  2. posted by Kara on November 24, 2014

    Where do you get dried black mushrooms?

    • posted by HaitianCooking on December 14, 2014

      You can get them from many carribean market’s based on where you live this may not be an option. An alternative would be using Maggie’s Djon Djon cubes.

  3. posted by dorene b on May 22, 2016

    I have friends so when they go home I give them money to buy or I googled and they are online double the price but that’s an option

  4. posted by Francina on January 8, 2017

    [ went to a weeding yesterday and I am in love with this rice!!!. I will try to get the maggi cubes to learn how to prepare it.


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