Nigerian Fried Rice.
Nigerian celebrations aren’t complete without Nigerian fried rice or Jollof rice, but few people know how to make it properly. Allow me to demonstrate how to prepare the best Nigerian fried rice, and I guarantee this will be your last search.
Nigerian fried rice is made with stir-fried vegetables and fried liver, and I believe you may create it however you like. It’s easy to make and can be made healthier with a few substitutions and portion control. Many people are hesitant to prepare this recipe because it requires cutting up veggies, but thanks to frozen vegetables, it can be completed in about 40 minutes. Allow me to demonstrate how to prepare the greatest Nigerian homestyle and party fried rice for you and your family to enjoy.
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Fresh or frozen vegetables can be used in this dish.
Fresh prawns, shrimp, or a seafood stick can be added.
Cooked cubed chicken breasts or thighs are added. You may go all out and include fried liver if you want to make it a truly unique Nigerian fried rice. Don’t forget to serve it with chicken, no matter how you prepare it. Yummy yummy!
- Raw rice: long grain or golden Sella basmati rice would work for this recipe
- Curry powder
- Dried thyme
- Salt to taste
- Ground ginger powder (optional)
- Ground garlic powder (optional)
- Chicken bouillon powder or stock cubes
- Chicken stock/broth
- Runner beans (Green beans)
- Sweet corn
- Spring onions also called green onions
- Frozen peas substitute with canned green peas
- Fresh Prawn
- Liver (Use cow or goat liver)
- Green bell pepper
- Vegetable oil
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients; as I indicated before, you can tailor this to your preferences by omitting the items you can’t find. Cooking Nigerian fried rice requires a lot of curry powder, seasoning, stock, and thyme. I’ve had fried rice with carrots, green peas, and sweet corn before, and it was delicious. Use 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables instead and follow the directions in this recipe.
Read also: How To Prepare Nigerian Party Jollof Rice
How to make Nigerian Fried rice
- Place a skillet large enough to hold the rice over medium heat, add the oil, and heat until hot. Add the chopped onions, curry powder, thyme, and powder, and fry for one minute to release the fragrance, then add the rinsed rice and stir continuously for around 2-3 minutes. (Make sure the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pot.)
- Add the chicken stock, ginger, garlic, and seasonings (if the stock isn’t enough to cover the rice, add water). Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft. Check-in halfway through the cooking time, add water to the rice if necessary, and taste for salt and seasoning, adjusting to taste. You may stir fry the vegetables while you wait for the rice to cook, or you can just wait until the rice is done.
- Heat a wok or skillet over medium heat, then add the oil and butter. Stir in the vegetables, prawns, and salt for another 3 minutes, then season with a pinch of curry and thyme and simmer for another 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft but not overcooked. If you’re using canned green peas, don’t add them to your stir-fry because they’ll turn mushy. Add it at the end of the cooking time by 2 minutes.
- If you stir-fry the vegetables in a big skillet, add the cooked rice and toss until well incorporated. Check for salt and seasoning, then make any necessary adjustments. Alternatively, you can mix the stir-fried vegetables with the rice. Cook for another 2 minutes after mixing everything together.
- Remove from the heat and serve.
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