Delicious Nigerian Fried Rice


I love fried rice! Sometimes, I find that I can't decide between fried and jollof rice but take out all the trouble with cutting the vegetables and I'll choose fried rice. I just love how colourful, delicious and healthy it turns out with the addition of all that veggies. Yum! You all know that Nigerian parties are not complete without this special dish right?

I find fried rice so easy to prepare that I even cook it on Monday mornings. Yes, I cook any meal anytime I wanted to, I only need to prepare well ahead of time. If you want to cook this dish effortlessly like me, you're in the right place. Follow this no-fail recipe.
It is important I mention that there are a number of ways people cook fried rice, but this method works perfectly for me, and I have never cooked fried rice that got bad a day after even without refrigerating. I'm telling you, ask my people. Let's get to it already, shall we?

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 40 minutes

Servings

Ingredients
4 cups long grain parboiled rice
Chicken- actually, any cut you choose is fine. You can also use beef or fish.
1 cup cow liver (boiled and chopped)
Vegetable Oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon thyme
2 cloves of garlic
Finger-size ginger
½ cup green beans
3 carrots
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 cup fresh green peas (I love green peas!)
1 cup sweet corn
Some spring onions
Salt (to taste)
3 onions
3 stock/bouillon cubes

Preparation
Wash and cut all the vegetables into tiny bits Excluding the peas and sweet corn of course. Dice half an onion as well. Set aside on a tray, separate each vegetable.

Season chicken to your taste, boil, fry or roast chicken in the oven. My go-to spices for seasoning chicken or beef are thyme, curry, garlic, ginger and bay leaves.

Sieve the chicken broth to remove all traces of onions, thyme and the rest. Set aside.

Set pot on the stove and turn it on. Put some 3 cooking spoons of vegetable oil in the pot and allow heating up. Pour the diced onions and fry till fragrant. Add a teaspoonful of curry, half teaspoon thyme, crushed garlic and ginger; stir quickly and add the parboiled rice.

Now add the chicken broth, you don't have to use everything. Depending on the quantity of broth you add, you may not need to add more water. If at all, a cup should do. The water level should be less than the level of the rice, remember the rice is parboiled and you don't really need a lot of water to soften your rice, steam will do the Job.

Stir the rice. I like to add my fresh green peas at this point; this allows it to cook well, as stir frying with other vegetables doesn't cook it. Cover the pot tightly and leave to cook on medium heat until water dries up. Turn off the stove and open the lid halfway to let off steam and discontinue cooking. Perfectly cooked rice is one that the grains are separated from one another but not hard when chewed.

In a pan or wok, add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and heat up. Add the diced liver and stir fry for 3-5 minutes, remove and set aside.  Liver tends to stain other foods it is cooked with. By stir-frying separately, you avoid this and the frying also prevents it from staining other vegetables and even the rice.

In the same wok, add another two tablespoons of vegetable oil heat up and add carrots and green beans. Stir fry for 2 minutes; add green pepper, sweet corn and spring onions. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes then turn off the heat.

Combine all the vegetables and liver, mix and add to your cooked rice. Stir well to incorporate the vegetables.
You can do this on very low heat, allowing it to simmer.

You can also take out some vegetables from the wok, add some cooked rice to the remaining veggies in the work, stir fry and it is ready.

I usually mix only the quantity of rice I know can be consumed in a sitting. The remaining vegetables are left to cool, I then cover and keep for later. One thing I have learnt is that adding your vegetables as they are without stir-frying will make your fried rice go bad quickly. If you find that you can't finish the rice, allow it to cool completely and refrigerate.
Serve your rice with fried chicken and a side of your choice. You can use Moi Moi, fried plantain or salad. Do share with me your experience trying out this recipe, I love feedback.

Delicious Nigerian Fried Rice Delicious Nigerian Fried Rice Reviewed by Remi on 04:17 Rating: 5

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