How To Cook Nigerian Fried Rice
Nigerian fried rice is one of the delicacies you get to see in parties, weddings and other ceremonies. Fried rice can also be prepared at home; nobody says it is only ideal for special occasions. It is rumored that home made fried rice tastes like rice cooked in heaven😋😋😋. Fried rice has its own recipe. It tastes nice and this makes it one of the favorites in social events.
Nigerian fried rice recipe is completely different from other Nigerian rice recipes. Just by its name, Nigerian fried rice recipe is by frying seasoned pre cooked rice with a mixture of vegetables.
It is pertinent to note that this process does not mean deep frying your rice and vegetables.
On how to cook Nigerian fried rice, here are the steps to follow.
The ingredients to cook fried rice includes the following:
- Rice (Parboiled rice)
- Vegetable oil
- Meat (Chicken)
- Curry powder
- Green bean
- Green bell pepper
- Stock cubes
- Sweet corn
Cooking Direction: How to prepare Nigerian Fried Rice
To make your fried rice come out great, you must be mindful of the water you add. When the fried rice is too soft, you might lose interest in cooking it again. Now let’s get things rolling.
First, place the chicken in the pot and add the ingredients for seasoning the meat. The ingredients to add are 1 tablespoon of thyme or rosemary. Stock cube/knorr, onion, a pinch of salt.
It is better to allow the water in the chicken or whatever meat you intend to use to boil before you now add a little water and cook for 15 minutes to make sure the chicken is well cooked.
When the chicken is ready, pour the stock into a strainer to remove particles. Pour the chicken stock into a sieve to remove all traces of onions and thyme and tiny bones. Do not pour away the stock, you will use it later. The stock is the liquid left after cooking the chicken.
- Scrape and cut the carrots into tiny cubes
- Cut the green beans into small pieces
- Remove the seeds of the green bell peppers and cut into small pieces
Parboil the rice. Do note that a well parboiled rice ensures that the grains of the rice will not stick together when the rice is done. Now rinse the parboiled rice with cold water and put in a sieve or bowl.
Pour the stock into a pot and set to boil. Once the water boils, add the parboiled rice.
Also add 1 table spoon of yellow curry powder, then add salt to taste. The curry powder gives the fried rice that unique color. It is strictly for coloring. Add little water. It should be slightly less than the level of the rice. This will prevent the rice from becoming too soft/tender.
When you are done with that, you can now transfer the rice to a casserole dish or another pot to help cool it down. It helps keep the grains from sticking to each other.
Heat up the vegetable oil. Add carrots, peas, diced liver, green bell pepper, sweet corn (optional), seasoning cube. Fry say 1-2minutes and pour into a bowl.
Divide the vegetables and rice fried in batches. This is to make sure that all the grains heat up properly and allows the vegetables/ingredients to mix up with the grains properly.
Pour a small amount of vegetable oil into your frying pan, add the cooked rice and vegetables and stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes.
Repeat this process for the remaining portion. Make sure you are using a sizable frying pan to allow the rice and ingredients mix properly.
Your fried rice is ready. The taste should be nice! The process is also simple. It is also important you know that fried rice can go bad quickly. However, you can still help in preserving it.
To still enjoy that sumptuous Nigerian fried rice for some longer hours, there are tips to follow
The tips to preserve Nigerian fried rice includes the following
- Don’t over boil your rice
- Don’t overcook your vegetables
- After frying the rice, make sure you leave the pot or container open for few minutes. By allowing the steam to evaporate, your fried rice wouldn’t go bad quickly.
- You can also store your fried rice in the refrigerator. Put it in an air-tight container and store in the fridge. With this, your Nigerian fried rice can last longer.
- Very importantly, how you serve your fried rice matters. To prevent it from going bad quickly, make sure you dish the food from one side of the warmer or pot
- To prepare Nigerian fried rice is not time-consuming. If you are serving the fried rice for wedding or party, it is advisable, you prepare the fried rice close to the serving time. This will make it stay fresh.
- In case you do not have a refrigerator, it will be ideal to prepare a smaller portion that you can finish.
Nigerian fried rice seems to be a popular demand in events. Preparing it no doubt is simple, but it can get messy if not cooked properly. Cooking fried rice may not take all the ingredients listed here. You can do without sweet corn for instance. It is still not necessary you must use chicken as stated here. Whatever suits your taste, do go for it.
Basically, ensuring that the rice does not go soggy and avoiding the vegetables becoming so tender is the main thing to focus on. Having the vegetables crunchy is quite okay.
Nigerian fried rice is a great meal. If you tried cooking it before, and things didn’t come out perfect. Do try again. This time, follow the steps bit by bit and make sure you prepare a small portion.
The cooking direction is easy to follow. Just be mindful of the quantity of water you add. Divide your rice and ingredients, depending on the quantity of rice. With this, the taste of your fried rice will be wow! Try this and also try to give us feedback!.