Dinner/ Rice/ Side dish

Diri blan (White Rice)

White rice is a staple side dish in most homes; it pretty much goes with everything.


Most Haitians eat a lot of white rice (in my opinion). We love it and pair it with Sòs pwa nwa (black bean puree) or any other bean puree for that matter. It is also paired with legumes (vegetables and meat). Sorry for that horrible description for what legumes is but that’s the best I could come up with for now, sue me LOL. I have added a picture below for you to see what it is. Ok enough about legume, besides that white rice is paired with many other things (I’m not listing them).

White rice is usually a fairly simple recipe, rice, salt and water. While talking to a friend he suggested that I put some garlic powder in it cause we are both garlic fanatics, YAY GARLIC! Yes garlic is really important to us and since I already love it so much, I didn’t think it would ruin the rice so I added it. Sure enough it came out delicious!!! Why wouldn’t it, it’s garlic!!!!
The rice was super good; the small amount of garlic added did not over power it at all. Do you see that fluffy goodness above??? Yum!! Now since it actually came out good it’s only right I share the information. Check out the video below along with the recipe. I hope you try and like it as much as I did.

Watch me make Diri blan here:

Diri blan (White Rice)

Print Recipe
Serves: 5-8 Cooking Time: 25-35 minutes


  • 3 cups white rice
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic



Rinse rice thoroughly under cold water for about a minute. Drain the rice well and set aside.


In a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid, add water, garlic powder and salt and bring to a boil.


Add rice to boiling water and let simmer until most of the water has evaporated.


Stir in butter, lower heat and place lid on the pot for the remainder of the cook time. When rice is fluffy turn heat off and let sit for 5 minutes then serve.


If you don't need to make that much rice, just make 1 cup of rice, 2 cups water, 1/2 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste) and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.

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