Haitian Black Mushroom Rice Delight

A Flavorful Haitian Classic with Black Mushrooms

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Haitian Black Mushroom Rice Delight

Difficulty:IntermediatePrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 35 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time: 50 minutesServings:8 servingsCalories:867 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Dive into the rich flavors of Haitian cuisine with this delectable black mushroom rice. Known locally as Diri Ak Djon Djon, this dish combines aromatic spices and unique ingredients to create a culinary masterpiece that is sure to impress.



  1. Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the Scotch bonnet pepper, bouillon cubes, red pepper, onion powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and thyme. Cook and stir until the bouillon cubes are dissolved. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 4 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, then add the lima beans and cook for 4 minutes. Pour in the coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until it turns black.
  2. In the meantime, bring water to a boil in a separate pot. Add the rice and let it boil for approximately 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and mix in the coconut milk mixture, cooking for another 7 minutes. Lower the heat to a simmer.
  3. Cover the pot with a clean dishcloth, then place a lid on top. Allow the rice to steam for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and serve.


  • – Adjust the heat level by removing the Scotch bonnet pepper early if a milder flavor is preferred.
    – Serve with a side of fried plantains or grilled chicken for a complete meal.
Keywords:Haitian cuisine, black mushroom rice, Diri Ak Djon Djon, Caribbean recipe

Can I use fresh mushrooms instead of dried?

Fresh mushrooms won’t provide the same depth of flavor as dried Djon Djon. It’s best to use the dried variety for authenticity.

Is this dish spicy?

The Scotch bonnet pepper adds a bit of heat, but it can be removed early to reduce spiciness.

Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Yes, simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.

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