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Coconut Rice Delicacy (Recipe)

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?

Ingredients

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.

Cooking Preparation

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.

Enjoy!

Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil

It’s no secret that coconut oil can do some amazing things, from speeding up the healing process on a surface wound to developing better brain function. But the question is, do you trust and value it’s wonders?

Here are impressive health benefits of coconut oil that have been experimentally confirmed in human studies.

Coconut Oil can kill your hunger, thereby making you eat less

One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. So are you worried that you’re eating too much? Using coconut oil could do that trick.

Coconut oil can help heal wounds

Believe it or not, this is true. dermatologist Doris Day said it’s the coconut oil’s antibacterial properties that help cuts and scrapes heal faster.

You can use coconut oil as makeup remover

Yes, experiments have proven that coconut oil can even help remove stubborn eye makeup — but most oils can do this,Just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

You can use coconut oil as natural deodorant

Sure, if you don’t mind smelling like coconut! “It kills off bacteria and yeast, and that’s what causes odor,” Day said.

But dermatologist Doris Day points out that while coconut oil might be OK as a deodorant, it definitely doesn’t work as an antiperspirant.

Swirling coconut oil in your mouth will whiten your teeth.

Dentist Zack Zaibak of Chicago confirms this is true, adding that swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes—known as oil-pulling—can also remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis.

“It’s a good addition to dentistry,” he said. “There’s not much testing on this, but I haven’t seen any negativity, from a dentist’s perspective.”

These and many more although not listed are benefits we can derive from using this natural oil.

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Coconut Health Benefits

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that provides for all human needs and have multiple health benefits.  They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important coconut is to stabilizing once health. It amazing health benefits are:

• Lower cholesterol
• Improve digestion
• Ward off wrinkles
• Stabilize glucose levels
• Fight off viruses
• Build cells
• Regulate hormones
• Increase thyroid production
• Lose weight
• Increase metabolism
• Fight infections
• Stave off memory loss
• Kill bacteria
• And more!

Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to use for cooking. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for cooking and baking,  which can raise our cholesterol levels,  clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle.  Coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies.

This ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.