Shella rice

Shella rice

Sep 12, 2022

Maly Sebastien paul

Can’t think of what to cook on Sunday? Try our Riz Shella, from the Artibonite
region of Haiti.


Riz Shella is a staple in the Haitian community. This rice is parboiled and
fermented prior to drying giving it a unique aroma when cooked. This rice is one
of the most popular in Haiti, however, due to the lower priced NGO rice, this does
not sell as well on the island. To assist our farmers, we export the rice directly
from L’Artibonite helping both the agricultural sector and local farmers.

Try this recipe this Sunday:

  • 3 cups Horizon Vert Diri Shela Rice
  • 3 cups Horizon Vert Diri Shela Rice
  • 1 cup dry beans (Pinto, red, or black beans)
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 Horizon Vert cloves 
  • 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 sprigs of thyme 
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk

In a large pot, add the water, beans, salt, 1 tbsp olive oil and allow the beans to
cook for about 1 hour on medium high heat or until beans are soft. Once cooked,
strain the water into a container for later use.
In another large pot, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, and sauté the onions and garlic for
about 2 minutes. Add coconut milk, chicken bouillon, beans and mix thoroughly.
Add cloves and 6 cups of the bean water to the pot and bring to boil.
Mix in the rice and whole scotch bonnet pepper and allow the rice to cook for
about 20 min or until there is just a little amount of water left. Reduce the heat to
medium. Add thyme, butter, and cover the pot with a lid and allow the remaining
water to be absorbed (about 15 mins). Once cooked fluff the rice and serve.