Recipe

Djon Djon – Haitian Mushroom Rice

CAKE CLASS HEAD SHOTCAKE CLASS HEAD SHOTAuthorJeffery MorneauYields2 ServingsCategory

Djon djon rice is to Haitians what gold is to royalty. Commonly known as "black rice", it's one of our most unique and delicious dishes. When the djon djon comes out, you know it's a celebration.

Djon djon translates to "mushroom", specifically those mushrooms grown in the northern part of Haiti. As a result, the mushrooms aren't easily available for most folks so I like to suggest cooking the rice with a Maggi cube. The substitution is frowned upon by some but it does the exact same job in my opinion.

If there are a lot of Haitians in the area where you live, you might get lucky and find djon djon at a Caribbean market. Either way, this recipe delivers amazing flavor and once you make it, you'll never want to eat rice & peas any other way.

This recipe takes a lot less time than the traditonal method, thanks to the use of a rice cooker.

Ingredients

 1 cup Rice
 1 cup Dried djon djon OR half of a Maggi cube
 1 tbsp Épis OR Caribbean green seasoning
 1 tbsp Butter
 2 Sprigs of thyme
 1 Stalk of scallions
 1 tbsp Vegetable seasoning
 1 tsp Sazon classico
 1 tsp Crushed red pepper sauce
 1 cup Green peas

Directions

1

In a pot, add 4 cups of water to 1 cup of the djon djon and boil it for about 10 minutes. If you'd like to go the traditional route, soak the djon djon overnight.

If you aren't able to get djon djon, dissolve half of a Maggi cube in 2 cups of hot water.

2

Strain the djon djon liquid and let it cool OR remove the Maggi cube broth from the heat and let cool.

Reserve 1.5 cups of broth and set the rest aside.

3

In a rice cooker, add all of the remaining ingredients and stir them together to mix well.

Set your rice cooker and await your perfectly cooked rice.

4

Once the rice is cooked, check it.

If it appears to be a bit underdone, add in the remaining 1/2 cup of broth and set the rice cooker to the steam function to finish for an additional 5-7 minutes.

5

Add the green peas at the very end to keep them green and perky in the rice.

If you're feeling fancy, you can garnish the rice with grilled shrimp or lobster tails.

Ingredients

 1 cup Rice
 1 cup Dried djon djon OR half of a Maggi cube
 1 tbsp Épis OR Caribbean green seasoning
 1 tbsp Butter
 2 Sprigs of thyme
 1 Stalk of scallions
 1 tbsp Vegetable seasoning
 1 tsp Sazon classico
 1 tsp Crushed red pepper sauce
 1 cup Green peas

Directions

1

In a pot, add 4 cups of water to 1 cup of the djon djon and boil it for about 10 minutes. If you'd like to go the traditional route, soak the djon djon overnight.

If you aren't able to get djon djon, dissolve half of a Maggi cube in 2 cups of hot water.

2

Strain the djon djon liquid and let it cool OR remove the Maggi cube broth from the heat and let cool.

Reserve 1.5 cups of broth and set the rest aside.

3

In a rice cooker, add all of the remaining ingredients and stir them together to mix well.

Set your rice cooker and await your perfectly cooked rice.

4

Once the rice is cooked, check it.

If it appears to be a bit underdone, add in the remaining 1/2 cup of broth and set the rice cooker to the steam function to finish for an additional 5-7 minutes.

5

Add the green peas at the very end to keep them green and perky in the rice.

If you're feeling fancy, you can garnish the rice with grilled shrimp or lobster tails.

Djon Djon – Haitian Mushroom Rice

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