Zile Distributors: Haitian Black Rice Recipe
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Haitian Djondjon rice cooking instructions:
I usually use one box of Haitian Djondjon to prepare 2 cups of rice, but 1 cup of rice to one box of Haitian Djondjon it will make your rice darker. It depends of your preferences.
1 box of 1.5 oz. Zile Haitian Djondjon
2 cups of white or yellow rice
3 table spoon of cooking oil
2 garlic cloves
1 medium bunch of thyme
1 green onion stalk
¼ cup of Lima beans or green peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1 – Preparing the Djondjon Water
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil (4 cups of water will cook 2 cups of rice). Put the content of the box of Haitian Djondjon into the water for 3 minutes until it start making some suds, turn off the heat and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. Strain and put aside.
Step 2 – Preparing the rice
In a large saucepan, in 2 tablespoon of cooking oil, lightly fry the 2 cloves of garlic, the thyme, the green onion, and the cloves on medium heat, while making sure to not let them brown.
After 3 minutes, add either ¼ cup of lima beans or green peas, (Pro tip: frozen beans and peas yield a better result than canned ones) and add a pinch of salt and black pepper (Haitian grandmother trick to ensure that the peas have some salt in them). Let everything fry for 5 minutes on medium heat.
After the 5 minutes, pour in the strained black water. A few bits of Djondjon, about a table spoonful can also be added into it. Add salt as desired.
When everything reach the boiling point add your rice. On medium heat, let the water reduce until there is no more water on top of the rice, add the remaining 1 table spoon of oil, then reduce heat to low and cover until rice is cooked.
Gerard L. Dambreville