Black Mushroom Rice
This Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon) recipe uses black mushrooms which are native to the northern part of Haiti. These mushrooms are considered to be a delicacy and are not used in everyday cooking. You can buy the mushrooms at most Caribbean markets and grocery stores. When the mushrooms are boiled, they release a grayish black coloring, this gives the food a distinct aroma and flavor. This rice is usually served with a meat or fish.
- 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 a container for later. The mushrooms in the strainer will no longer be 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
- Add the mushroom water, salt, cloves and lima beans
- Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat when some of the water evaporates this should take approximately 10-15 minutes
- Stir the rice and set the temperature to low
- Add Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme
- Cover the pot and steam the rice for 15 min
- Serve and enjoy!