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Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon)

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes


4 Servings



About the Recipe

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 a 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.

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