Hey, my lovelies. So I teamed with 9 amazing black food bloggers to cook every day this August. My fellow black food bloggers have been cooking up a storm since August 1st and today August 10th is my turn. Yay! So I wanted to honor my neighbors and wonderful family members from Nigeria. On the menu, today is Nigerian fried rice. One of Nigeria’s favorite staple meals for good reason. Nigerian fried rice is made with rice, of course, a mixture of vegetables and spices that add a boost of flavor.
But you know Auntie Zee, I love to add my special touch to most dishes, so for this dish, I’m adding tropical flavors using coconut milk and coconut oil. Where are all my coconut lovers at? This one is for you. I intentionally did not use any shrimps or meats as it is done for the original Nigerian fried rice recipe because I wanted to make it vegetarian and vegan-friendly. You could add chicken as I did in this healthy fried rice recipe or any meat of choice. I guarantee you, you would definitely love this meal even without the meat.
How to make Nigerian fried rice with a twist
Regular Nigerian fried rice is made by parboiling the rice with some of the ingredients like thyme, curry and bay leaves and the fried in oil with vegetables and meats and eaten with dodo and some more fried meats. Since I am adding a twist to this recipe using coconut, I cooked my basmati rice in 200ml coconut milk mixed with water.
Alternatively, fresh coconut water can be used if available to you. I also included some fresh thyme sprigs into the coconut milk and water mixture. The fragrance is heavenly. Next, I add sautéed my fresh ingredients in coconut oil alongside onions, spring onions, and spices. You can watch me make this recipe live below.
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- 4 cups uncooked basmati rice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red & green bell pepper each, diced
- 4 small carrots, cubed
- 1 cup green beans,
- 1 cup spring onions
- 1 cup sweet corn
- 1 can coconut milk (400ml)
- 1 tsp. white pepper
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- 2 tsps. thyme (dried or fresh)
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 4 tsps. coconut oil
- Salt & seasoning to taste
- Mix half can coconut milk and 400ml of water in a pot or rice cooker. Add a sprinkle of salt, a teaspoon of thyme or 3 fresh thyme sprigs into the water. Add some seasoning and bring to a boil. Add the rice and parboil. Immediately rice is half-cooked run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
- In a non-stick pot or deep pan, add coconut oil, heat to medium and the add your garlic and 1 teaspoon of dried thyme or 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. sautee for about 30 seconds. Add white pepper, curry powder, and spring onions and sautee for another minute.
- Now add green beans as this takes longer to cook as compared to the other vegetables. Sautee for a minutes, then add carrots and sweet corn. Again sautee for a minute. We want to retain nutrients and the some crunch so we want to make sure that our veggies do not overcook.
- Next, add your parboiled rice in little batches, then add the rest of the coconut milk (the pulp - that thick paste) and mix well. Let it sautee for about 2 minutes before you add bell peppers which cook really fast.
- Cover the rice with aluminium foil paper so that the heat cooks the rice without extra water. Once rice is cooked, serve on it's own or with some grilled meat or chicken and some salad. Enjoy!
- 1. Alternatively, you can use coconut water (600ml in total) to parboil your rice.
- 2. If you like it hot, you can add scotch bonnet peppers or chilli flajes.
- 3. Feel free to add meat or chicken to your fried rice.
- 4. If you are watching your weight, reduce oil. Also measure your rice to veggies in a 1:3 ratio. What this means is, for every one cup of rice, use 3 cups of mixed veggies. That way you reduce carbs from rice and bulk up on veggies instead.
- 5. You can also portion control using the 'my African plate' method. fill 1/4 of your plate with rice, especially if you are using lots of rice and less veggies.
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