Diri ak Djon Djon Recipe: A Taste of Haiti's Unique Mushroom Rice

Dish recipes: Diri ak Djon Djon
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Diri ak Djon Djon is a classic Haitian dish that features rice cooked with Djon Djon mushrooms, which impart a distinct earthy flavor and a beautiful black color to the dish. This traditional Haitian delicacy is often served on special occasions and is cherished for its rich taste and cultural significance. Let's explore how to prepare this flavorful Haitian rice dish.


2 cups long-grain white rice

1 cup dried Djon Djon mushrooms

4 cups water

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt to taste


Start by rinsing the dried Djon Djon mushrooms to remove any debris. Then, soak them in 4 cups of water overnight or for at least 6 hours. Once the mushrooms are rehydrated, strain the soaking liquid through a fine mesh sieve to remove any impurities. Reserve the mushroom-infused water for cooking the rice. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until softened and fragrant. Add the rinsed rice to the pot and stir to coat it with the onion and garlic mixture. Pour in the reserved mushroom-infused water, making sure the rice is fully submerged. Add salt to taste. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let the rice simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork and remove it from the heat. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


Diri ak Djon Djon is typically served hot as a side dish alongside Haitian main courses such as griot (fried pork) or poulet creole (creole chicken). Garnish with fresh parsley or scallions for a pop of color and flavor.

Diri ak Djon Djon is more than just a rice dish it's a celebration of Haitian culinary heritage and a testament to the country's vibrant flavors. With its unique taste and striking appearance, this Haitian mushroom rice is sure to impress at any gathering or meal.