Haitian Cuisine: Popular food worth trying


Ruth Kroegenberg, Contributor

As Haitian Heritage Month comes to an end, there are plenty of delicious Haitian recipes to try throughout the summer. You may prepare these exquisite dishes with your friends and family.  One of the most delicate dishes from Haiti, and also my favorite, is called Diri Djon Djon (black mushroom rice). 

This particular type of black mushroom rice is special to us, and you will always find it in our home during special occasions. Ironically, it is also present in most Haitian households on special occasions as well. I can guarantee you will love this dish.

Ingredients needed 

  • 2 cups of dried black mushroom (djon djon)
  • 3 garlic minced 
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cups of  long-grain rice
  • 2 tablespoon Salt 
  • 1 tsp ground cloves 
  • 12 ounce of  lima beans or green peas 
  • 2 Scallions (chopped)
  •  1 chopped green pepper 
  •  1 Chicken bouillon cube
  • Any type of cooking oil 


Step 1:  Soak the mushrooms overnight for most intense flavoring 

Step 2: When ready to cook the rice. Let it boil for 10 minutes at medium heat. Drain and set aside. Only the water drained will be used to cook the rice. 

Step 3: In another large pot or pan, heat oil. Add garlic, scallions, cloves, and minced onions. Let the mixture fry for about 2 or 3 minutes.

Step 4: Add thawed green peas or baby lima beans, and a chicken bouillon cube. Stir well. Add salt or pepper if necessary.

Step 5: Add the mushroom water to the pot or pan. Once the water starts to boil, add rice. Gently stir it. 

Step 6: When the water has almost evaporated and you only see the ingredients, lower heat and cover. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes until rice is fully cooked and grainy.

Serve hot and with a meat or seafood dish. Enjoy your delicious Haitian cusine!