Nigerian fried rice is the second most popular rice dish in Nigeria. It’s a must have at parties and a major meal in most homes. Nigerian Fried Rice puts a spicy, flavorful spin on the traditional fried rice and is appealing on its own or served with a variety of other African food.
There are several methods of cooking Nigerian Fried Rice. Some recipes call for parboiling of the rice and then adding stock and veggies, then cooking till doneness. This guide would teach you how to cook delicious Nigerian Fried Rice.
To cook Nigerian Fried Rice, you would need to get the following ingredients ready:
3 cups easy cook rice
2 cups of chicken/beef stock
21/2 tablespoons butter
3/4 medium size red onion chopped
1/4 red pepper,green bell pepper
1/2 cup green peas
2 carrots chopped
1 cup diced chicken
1 cup diced liver/kidney
3 garlic cloves minced
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 knorr chicken cube
1/2 teaspoon preferred spice
Salt to taste
1. Prepare your chicken/turkey
Put your chicken in a clean pot and add 1 stock cube and some onion slices with a teaspoon of curry and thyme.
Add just a little water and allow the chicken to cook for like 10 minutes. You can add more water as it cooks so that you would have enough stock/broth left after the chicken is cooked.
Now pour the whole contents of the pot in a strainer to separate the chicken from the broth.
Dice the chicken into small cubes and put aside to be used later.
2. Parboil the rice
Wash your rice thoroughly till the water runs clear. You need to get as much starch out as you can to avoid sogginess.
When it’s properly washed, pour into a pot, add the chicken stock, water to cover, curry, thyme, preferred spice, white pepper and allow to cook on medium heat till it’s cooked three quarters of the way.
3. Prepare the vegetables
Wash them thoroughly. Peel the carrots and dice into small cubes.Remove the seeds of the green pepper and dice into small cubes too.
Blanch the vegetables by placing it in a boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then strain it out and put into a bowl of cold water.
While the rice is cooking, get a large frying pan, place on medium heat. Add the butter and leave to melt.
Once it’s melted, add in the chopped onions, sauté for a minute or till translucent, add the garlic, sauté till fragrant. Stir fry for a further 2 minutes.
5. Mix it all together
So that you don’t overstuff your frying pan and in order to ensure that the rice is evenly fried, you have to divide the stir-fried vegetables into smaller portions so that you can fry the rice in batches.
Now, check on your rice. If it’s done three quarters of the way, that’s when it’s tender but just a little bit form still, switch off the heat.
Now add half or a third of the rice into the portion of veggies still in the pan.
Combine thoroughly and begin to fry. Fry for at least 8 minutes. Fry till the rice becomes soft and dries up a little bit.
You may experience a bit of burning, but fret not, it’s part of the process.
When it’s fried to your satisfaction, transfer the contents into a bowl. Add another portion of veggies and rice into the pan and fry.
Repeat the process until all the rice and veggies are fried. When it’s all done, combine all portions together, taste for salt/seasoning, adjust if necessary, then fry again for another minute or two. And your Nigerian fried rice is ready.
You can enjoy it with some fried plantains or some Nigerian Moi-Moi if you wish.