So this past Sunday after a very long time, I prepared Coconut Rice. Not like its an unusual meal you get to eat once in a while no…, but when you get to prepare and eat it, you feel this goodness within you. This unique delicacy is not eaten every day in Nigeria but at least once or twice a month depending on the family’s healthy eating habits. It is a Sunday lunch or dinner meal for both family members and their respected guests. Yes, it is an ideal once a month lunch, dinner meal or cuisine loved and enjoyed by all Nigerians. Also, I see Coconut rice as a good alternative to Jollof rice. The only difference is that it is made with a combination of milk extract.
This is just how I feel when eating coconut rice how about you?
1 fresh coconut fruits( to be cracked and seeds grated to extract the milk or juice.
2 kg of chicken cut into pieces and boiled to be added into the cooking pot for the jollof coconut rice.
2 large onions
10 pieces of fresh chilli pepper
4 spoonful of vegetable oil
4 large fresh tomatoes and chilli peppers (chopped)
4 cups of white grain rice.
Seasoning cubes to taste
Once all these ingredients are assembled, the cooking is fairly very easy.
Step 1: Break the Coconut fruit away from the shell and use a knife to break the nuts into bits
Step 2: Rinse the Nuts in a clean water and use a grater to grate the Coconut shaft.
Step 3: Boil 3 full cups of water and turn the boiled water into the coconut grated shaft (The hot water help to extract the milk from the Coconut)
Step 4: Use a sifter to extract the milk then set aside in a clean bowl. Also blend the fresh tomatoes, pepper and set aside.
Step 5: Wash the chicken thoroughly and bring to boil. Add seasoning like Curry and Thyme, Salt and maggi. When properly cooked, sifter the chicken stock and set aside.(To be used in the rice cooking) .Also fry the chicken and set aside
Step 6: Wash the rice with clean water twice before parboiling for 15 minutes. Then rinse again and set aside.
Step 7: Take a clean pot and set on the fire. Heat up 4 spoonful of vegetable Oil and turn in the diced onion to fry. Then turn the blended tomatoes puree into the heat and fry. Add seasoning as desired, then turn in the chicken stock and coconut juice and allow to boil for 5 minutes before adding the parboil rice.
Note: Let water level be equal with rice level so the rice doesn’t overly get soft. Let the coconut milk serve as water if you need to add more to soften the rice.
Step 8: Leave the rice to cook and and serve with fried plantain and Chicken.