This Black Mushroom Rice (Diri ak Djon Djon) recipe uses Black mushrooms which are native to the northern part of Haiti. Considered a delicacy, they are not used in everyday cooking. When boiled, they release a gray-black colouring, giving this recipe and many others a distinctive aroma, flavour and colour. This rice is usually served with a meat or fish dish.
Black Rice is a traditional Haitian rice dish that is popular in Haiti. It is made by using Black mushrooms. Black mushrooms are native to the northern part of Haiti. Considered a delicacy, they are not used in everyday cooking. When boiled, they release a gray-black colouring, giving this recipe and many others a distinctive aroma, flavour and colour. This rice is usually served with a meat or fish dish.
2 Cups of Dried Black Mushrooms (djon djon)
6 garlic cloves minced
1/4cup olive oil
1 large onion chopped
2 cups long-grain rice
2 teaspoons salt
1 tsp Black pepper
1 (12-ounce) frozen lima beans (or green peas)
1 to 2 thyme sprigs
1tsp chopped Scotch bonnet pepper
1: In a small pot, soak mushrooms in 4 cups water overnight.
2: Strain the mushroom water into another container for later use. Throw out the mushrooms in the strainer.
3: In a large pot, sauté garlic and onions on medium heat for 2 minutes.
4: Add the rice and stir for 3-5 min.
5: Add the mushroom water, salt and Lima beans.6: Bring the water to a boil and reduce the heat, when most of the water evaporates (approximately 10-15 min).7: Stir the rice and lower the flame.
8: Add Scotch bonnet pepper and thyme.9: Cover the pot and steam the rice for 15 minutes until done.
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