Thursday, 15 December 2016

Nigerian Fried rice

Fried rice is one meal that is going to be cooked a lot this festive season. As a Nigerian, I know how much we love our fried rice. There is hardly any occasion in Nigeria that fried rice is not served.

My sister was the first person I had the opportunity to watch make fried rice. She decided to make it at home for us after a friend of hers had taught her. I was really excited that day because I was learning something new. From then on it was practice practice practice. I didn't pass up any opportunity to watch fried rice being made. One thing I noticed was that the preparation differed from person to person, some tasted really good and some, not so much. From observation and practice, I learnt what worked and what didn't. As with everything in life, I got better with practice. Many years later, I can boldly say I make good fried rice. 

Some people think a lot of money has to be spent to make good fried rice, that is not true. I'm going to share my recipe for simple fried rice. Let's get cooking.

31/2 Cups rice
2 harbanero or scotch bonnet
2 bay leaves
1 cup + 2 table spoons cut carrots
3/4 cup cut green beans
1/2 cup peas
3 seasoning cubes
11/2 table spoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
3 cloves garlic
3 tatashe (bell pepper), cut
1 onion bulb, cut
10 table spoons of vegetable oil
Salt to taste

Wash rice and put on fire. Add half tablespoon of curry, bay leaves, one seasoning cube and a little salt. Bring to a boil. Cook until rice is almost ready, adding little water at a time. I add my green peas to the rice about five minutes before it is ready.

Heat the vegetable oil, put ginger and garlic into the oil first. Shortly after, add the onions and half of the tatashe. Put in green beans, carrots, peas (if using frozen peas). Add the remaining curry, seasoning cubes and a little salt. Stir for a few minutes. Add sweet corn and the remaining tatashe and stir until the vegetables are ready but still firm.

Scoop rice into vegetables and mix properly. I mixed mine in two batches for easy mixing, but if you have something big enough to mix once, fine. 

Leave on fire for a few minutes before keeping it down.

Serve and enjoy!

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