Haitian Mushroom Rice

Haitian mushroom rice, also known as diri ak djon djon, is a traditional Haitian dish that holds a special place in my heart. This flavorful and aromatic rice dish is a staple in Haitian cuisine and is often served during special occasions and family gatherings. The unique ingredient that sets this dish apart is the djon djon mushroom, which is native to Haiti and adds a distinct earthy flavor and dark color to the rice.


Here’s a list of ingredients you will need to make this delightful dish:

  • 2 cups of long-grain white rice
  • 1 cup of dried djon djon mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


To start, you’ll need to prepare the djon djon mushrooms by soaking them in 4 cups of water for at least 30 minutes. Once they are rehydrated, strain the mushrooms, reserving the mushroom liquid for later use. Next, rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear, then set it aside.

Cooking Instructions:

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until they are fragrant and translucent. Add the rice to the pot and stir to coat the grains with the oil. Then, add the djon djon mushrooms and the reserved mushroom liquid, along with the broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked through and has absorbed all the liquid.


Haitian mushroom rice is often served alongside a protein such as griot (fried pork) or poulet en sauce (stewed chicken), and accompanied by pikliz, a spicy Haitian condiment made of pickled vegetables. The combination of flavors and textures in this meal is truly a delight to the senses.

My Thoughts:

As someone who grew up enjoying this dish at family gatherings and celebrations, the aroma of djon djon rice always brings back fond memories of togetherness and joy. The earthy and slightly nutty flavor of the djon djon mushrooms adds a depth to the rice that is truly unique. The dark, almost black color of the rice makes for a striking and impressive presentation on the dinner table.


Haitian mushroom rice, or diri ak djon djon, is not just a dish; it’s a representation of Haitian culture and tradition. The careful preparation and combination of simple ingredients yield a dish that is rich in flavor and history. Whether enjoyed at a family gathering or in a quiet moment of nostalgia, this dish will always hold a special place in my heart.