Fried rice is a popular dish all over the world. It is made with ingredients like vegetables and meat which is stir-fried with cooked rice. Different countries have their own specific ingredients used in preparing this meal. In Nigeria, it is one of our most beloved party foods. It is usually served in the same plate with almighty Jollof rice. Personally, this meal brings joy to my face. The colour, and taste is out of this world.
Here’s the recipe for Nigerian fried rice.
4 cups of Rice.
1 cup of cooking oil
3 leaflets of Bayleaf
1 large green bell pepper
1 medium-sized onion
1 table spoon of Grounded pepper
2 sticks of carrot
1 bunch of spring onions
1 cup of sweetcorn
1 cup of runner beans/green peas
2 cups of sausages/liver/shrimps
Seasonings (Tumeric, Curry, thyme)
2 bouillon cubes
Salt to taste
Slice/dice all your vegetables (pepper, onions, carrot) and place in bowls. Also, steam your liver/shrimps before cutting.
• In a clean pot, pour in a bowl of water, add unwashed rice and parboil for few mins.
• Pour the rice in a sieve and wash thoroughly to halt the cooking process.
• Clean the pot and pour very little water into the partially cooked rice.
• Add half cup of the cooking oil.
• Divide your seasonings by half and add one half including bay leaf. Note *the ratio of the turmeric to curry should be 2:1 as turmeric gives the colouring and curry gives it its spicy taste*.
• Add your chicken broth and leave to boil.
• While the rice is cooking, place a sauce pan on medium heat and add the other half of cooking oil.
• Pour the carrots, peas and sweetcorn in the oil and sauté for a while before adding pepper and onions.
• Sausages/shrimps go in last.
• Add the other half of seasonings and stir for 2 mins.
• By this time the rice should be well cooked, pour in the sautéed mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.
• Add salt to taste.
• Your fried rice is ready.
• Serve with meat, fried plantain or other accompaniment of your choice.