The Haitian national rice by Cuisine Planete

diri kole haitian food


Rice with red beans or “Diri kolé” in creole-speaking is one of the most popular dishes of Haiti, why it’s named Haitian national rice.


For 6 people

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1H30mn



  • 300g of red beans
  • 500g of rice (basmati)
  • 100g of smoked bacon
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 125 ml of olive oil
  • 5 cloves
  • Spices: thyme, flat parsley, bay leaf
  • 1 Caribbean pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • 2 Maggi cubes (chicken)



  1. Let soak red beans washed in cold water overnight.
  2. In a pressure cooker, cook red beans in 2 liters of water, bring to the boil for 30 minutes (beans should be tender).
  3. Place in a corner the water from the beans.
  4. Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic.
  5. Cook all with heat olive oil, 5 minutes over medium. Add the beans and sauté 5 minutes.
  6. Then embed cloves, all the spices and the water of broth from the beans, salt, pepper, and 2 cubes Maggi.
  7. Boil the beans for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Add the rice (washed) and cook over low heat, stirring until the complete absorption of water more or less 30 minutes


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