This Black Mushroom Rice, or Diri ak Djon Djon

black-rice-haitiThis Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon) recipe uses black mushrooms 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 the recipe and many others a distinctive aroma, flavor and color. This rice is usually served with a meat or fish dish.

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. ~ Acts 2:46-47

This Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon)
Serves 6 – 8 as a side 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

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

Boil mushrooms on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain the mushroom water into another container for later use. The mushrooms in the strainer will no longer needed.

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

Add the rice and stir for 3-5 min.

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

Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat when most of the water evaporates (approximately 10-15 minutes).

Stir the rice, set the temperature to low.

Add Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme.

Cover the pot and steam the rice for 15 min.

Black rice is usually served with a meat or fish dish.

Submitted by: Nadyne Duverseau, Grants Officer/Finance, The Episcopal Church

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One thought on “This Black Mushroom Rice, or Diri ak Djon Djon

  1. The “Djon Djon” part of the food title refers to the area where the black mushrooms are normally found, the Haitian city of Djon Djon.  Djon Djon is located on National Highway 3 about midway between the cities of Hinche and Cap Haitien.  Highway 3 is a challenging road that only the sturdiest of vehicles should attempt to travel.  But Djon Djon is somewhere you should visit if you are in the Northern Region of Haiti.  It is a major coffee growing area and has wonderful natural features like mountain streams, waterfalls, and caves. Sincerely,Your brother in Christ, Dan C. Tootle   DEVELOPMENT OFFICER for HAITI   Development Office | The Episcopal Church | Office 212.716.6063 |  Cell 410-903-9063 |  815 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10011 |


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