Haitian Coconut Milk Rice and Beans (Diri al Pwa)

There as many rice and beans recipes in the Caribbean as there are islands. Each one reflects an island’s original ingredients and native inhabitants as well as a tiny bit of their colonizers cuisine. Rice is inexpensive and nutritious and when combined with the locally grown bean (red, kidney, black-eyed, etc.) it created a dish that is both inexpensive and life sustaining. This version of rice and beans is unique due to it’s use of coconut milk.

Haitian Diri Al Pwa rice and beans

Diri al Pwa- Haitian Rice and Beans

What makes this Haitian rice and beans dish so interesting is the use of coconut milk to give the dish a mellow, soft taste.
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Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Caribbean, Haiti
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • 2 large pots
  • Small bowl


  • 3 cups Long grain rice Long grain rice
  • 1 cup Canned red kidney or pinto beans
  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • tsp Ground cloves
  • 3 cubes Chicken bullion
  • whole Scotch bonnet pepper (or habanero)
  • 2 clove Garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 cup Canned coconut milk


  • In a saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, chicken bullion, and beans. Mix thoroughly. Add clove and water to the pot. Bring to a boil. Mix in rice with the Scotch bonnet pepper. Let rice cook uncovered until there is just a little water left, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in thyme and butter. Cover pot and allow the remaining liquid to be absorbed, 10-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 341mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg

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