Diri Djon Djon

Djon Djon is a type of mushroom that grows in the mountains of Haiti. This rice dish is often served as an accompaniment for Poulet Légumes

  • 2 habanero chilis, stem removed but seeds in tact
  • 1 green onion, white and green parts, cut into 1″ segments
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, cut into 6 wedges each
  • 2 cups fresh Pois Congo, shelled
  • 1/2 fresh coconut: meat extracted and finely grated
  • 3 T tiny dried shrimps
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 lbs djon djon (black mushrooms found in Caribbean markets) or 3 condensed djon djon bouillon cubes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely sliced
  • Whole sprig of thyme
  • Small bunch of parsley
  • 3 T rock salt to taste
  • 2 cups rice, picked through and washed

In a large wooden mortar and pestle, pound one habanero, green onion, garlic, chicken bouillon cube and cloves until a rough paste forms. Add tomato paste and mash to combine. Heat oil in large pot. When hot, add paste until fragrant. Add fresh tomatoes and Pois Congo, stir and let simmer partially covered for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make coconut milk by adding 2 cups of water to shredded coconut. Massage the meat through your fingers, extracting the milk from the coconut. Strain the liquid through a fine meshed strainer, squeezing the meat to extract as much liquid as possible. Repeat this process two more times, using one cup of water each of the following extractions. Add coconut milk, tiny shrimps, butter, djon djon, green pepper, one whole habanero, parsley, thyme and salt to the Congo beans. Cover and bring to a low boil over medium high heat. Simmer until the beans are tender, about 20 minutes.

Add rice, stir, cover and bring to a boil slowly. After about 15 minutes, stir again. Rice is ready when all the liquid has been absorbed. Serve with Poulet Legumes.


This recipe was performed by Rose Marie Paul at the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Charbon - Charcoal vendors at the Marcher Salomon, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
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