Diri kolé ak pwa is the national rice in Haiti. Rice and beans became an everyday staple for Haitians during slavery when these grains were two of the few items fed to the slaves by their owners.

Diri kolé ak pwa


3 cups basmati rice
1 cup red beans
8 cups water
5 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon margarine
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves
3 cubes chicken stock
1 hot pepper
2 chopped shallots
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
½ teaspoon thyme


Cleanse beans and cook in a saucepan with 8 cups water 1 tablespoon oil. Beans are cooked when they are cracked. Remove from heat, drain while preserving the cooking water.

In a saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil, sauté onions, garlic, shallots, spices, red beans and cubes of chicken stock. Add 6 cups liquid from the cooked beans water. When the water begins to boil, add the washed rice and hot pepper, stirring.

Cook uncovered over low heat until the complete absorption of water. Add the remaining oil, butter and cover pan. Cook approximately 15 minutes over medium heat.

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