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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!

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Benefits Of Nigeria And Brazil’s Food Production And Houses For All Partnership Scheme

The governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an agreement to provide a good life for the Nigerian Citizens. The Brazilian government have agreed to help Nigeria accomplish several projects like; To boost food production- by producing rice in other to meet up with the extra demand by the  Nigerian people.

According to the Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in south America.  He continues ” We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria

Also included in the agreement is the provision of Brazil’s construction technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as “My Life, My Health”, he said.

Nigeria sewage system too is also included in this agreement. He said, “Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process,”.

Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo has urged Nigerians to hold their selves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

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The Secret To Reducing High Starch And Calories When Cooking Rice

For thousands of years, Rice has been a staple meal in every country and in every home. People are eating larger and larger portions of rice, which isn’t good because of the amount of calories it contains.

Since rice is a staple, researchers says it can cut the amount of calories contain in rice. That way, you reduce the amount of starch and calories you consume by 50%.

You see, rice contains two types of starch: digestible and indigestible. The small intestine can’t break down the latter, which means the body can’t absorb the carbohydrates and sugars that come from it.

So researchers found the method, which converts starch into a form the body can’t easily turn to glucose, cut calories more than 10% in the most fattening kind of the 38 varieties of rice they looked at, and they believe it could reduce starch by up to 60% in other kinds of white rice.

HOW TO REDUCE THE CALORIES

The researchers say cooking rice with a small amount of coconut oil—they used a teaspoon for every half-cup of rice—and then putting it in the refrigerator can reduce digestible starch, and calories, by more than 50%, reports Popular Science.

But much more research remains to be done: The scientists plan to look at other varieties of rice, as well as other kinds of oil, and Popular Science notes that it’s not clear whether the cooking method affects nutrients like potassium that are found in rice—or, for that matter, taste.

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Fried Rice (Recipe)

Most people like fried rice because its a very tasty meal you would always want to have any time of the day.

Although rice has no nutrient beside carbohydrate, but the ingredients added to it like fried rice for example, gives the meal the necessary vitamins the body deserves.

I often wonder, why is rice always served at occasions? Then I concluded maybe it’s just easy to make. But then  if you  eaten different recipes of rice, you would know the reason why.

Here’s a simple yet delicious way of making fried rice.

INGREDIENTS
1kg Chicken seasoned, cooked and fried.
3 cups rice or desired amount
1 bulb, onions
1tbsp thyme
2tbsp curry
Green pepper
Salt to taste
1 chicken seasoning cubes
6 cups of vegetables,finely chopped or dice (green peas,green pepper, carrot, runner beans,spring onions onions sweet corn)
300g  kidney, cooked and diced (optional)
3tbsp Vegetable Oil or Margarine

DIRECTIONS

  • Season the chicken properly and cook till the chicken is almost soft
  • Drain out the broth set aside. Fry or grill the chicken
  • Wash and parboil the rice with water for 20 mins. Drain the rice in a strainer and set aside.
  • While waiting for the rice, wash the green pepper, remove it seeds and blend into puree in a blender.
  • In a clean pot, heat the Magarine or vegetable oil and fry the finely chopped vegetables with the cooked liver.

  • Spice with maggi, thyme and curry then add the blended green pepper.
  • Allow to fry then add the chicken broth.
  • Allow to boil then add the parboiled rice.

Please note:

  • Do not add excess water so the rice doesn’t get overly cooked.
  • Check rice if it is getting soft as the water dries up. If not, add little water to equal the size of the rice.
  • Once rice is okay, use a wooden stick to mix rice properly so the chopped veggies can go round.

Serve with chicken, plantain or salad.

Jollof Rice

 

Diced carrot and green peas 

Jollof rice is a staple dish in a few West African countries. Prepared and served with any kind of meat, moi-moi or plantain and salad at all parties. Jollof rice is one special African dish  made in every home.

Ingredients:
3 cups, grain rice

2 tins of canned tomatoes puree or fresh tomatoes blended

2 small scotch bonnet peppers

1 large onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, thinly chopped (optional)

Diced carrots and peas (optional) 

 cups water

2 heaped tbs of butter

6 tbs vegetable oil

2 Maggi cubes

1tbs dry curry

1tbs thyme powder

Salt to taste.

DIRECTIONS 

  • Melt the desired butter quantity in the heated cooking pot, or heat up the vegetable oil and add the chopped onions ,blend canned tomatoes, red pepper, scotch bonnet. It should sizzle when it hits the pan. Add puree to the red stew. Cover the pot with lid and leave for 5 minutes.

Fresh blended Tomatoes 

  • Whilst the sauce cooks, wash the rice in cold water until the water is clear. Drain all the water from the rice and leave a side.
  • You can choose to parboil the rice for 10 minutes so as to remove excess starch
  • Add herbs, spices  and seasonings to the red stew then lower the heat, slightly, and allow it to  simmer for another 5 minutes. Make sure you stir the sauce continuously  to avoid burning
  • Add 2 cups of clean water to the sauce and allow to boil for 5 minutes
    Add the rice to the stew and mix until all the rice is covered in the red stew.  Bring to boil and close lid to allow to boil for 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Once the water starts drying up, check rice to know if it has softened. If not, add little drops of water to get it softened and leave to cook for 5 minutes.  Rice should be dry to moist and fluffy.
  •  Serve with peppered chicken or baked chicken.

Coconut Rice

 

In every event across Africa, fried rice, jollof rice is usually served, but not coconut rice. Why? Maybe because of the cooking process I wonder most times.

But hey, this is an easy way to prepare coconut rice with ease. Nigerian coconut rice is soothingly tasty and nutritious.

INGREDIENTS

Coconut milk extract

3 Cigar cup of Rice

1 Cigar cup Crayfish

2 cups of hot water

Fresh Pepper to taste

1kg Meat/Fish/Goat meat/ chicken

1 bulb, onions 1/2 cup

Tomato Paste (optional)

2 Seasoning cubes

Salt to taste

2 tbspoons frying oil

Vegetables: carrots, red pepper,green peas (optional)

Coconut rice can be enjoyed along side peppered chicken. Boil chicken with Maggi cube,curry and thyme, dry and fry the chicken. when you feel like the fried chicken is brown enough, add your pepper sauce fried with vegetable or olive oil, chop onion, salt and Maggi to taste. add the chicken and stir.

Now is the time to extract the coconut milk. This is quite an easy task if you follow the procedure.

Break your coconut into bit, wash in a clean water and start grating or you can use a blender and add ½ cup of warm water to grate.

Pour into a bowl and add more warm water then squeeze to extract the milk from the chaff.

Repeat this process till you get enough coconut milk. Set the coconut milk aside.

COOKING DIRECTION FOR COCONUT RICE:

Wash your rice into a pot and parboil for 20 minutes. Rinse the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.

Dry your cooking pot and add 2 cooking spoon frying oil

Add your diced onions ,carrot, green peas blended fresh pepper and fry for 5 minutes then add your coconut milk and allow to boil for 10 minutes before adding your parboil rice.

Add 1 tsp of salt and a cube of maggi knorr to taste.

If necessary, top up with water to bring the water level to the same level as the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.

Cover the pot and leave to cook on medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.

Reduce the heat and confirm that it is soft – if it isn’t, add water, a cup at a time till it is soft

Serve into a dish with the grilled or fried meat or peppered meat, turkey and plantain or salad. 

Diced Carrot and Lettuce White Rice

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Rice is easy to cook, it’s versatile and it comes in many colours. White or brown, rice is a delicious delight and a vital dietary staple.  Rice can be cooked and enjoyed in various ways. so for a start, here is the simple white rice style spiced up with tomato,dice carrot and lettuce. Hum… this is mouth-watering!

 Here you’ll find recipes for Nigerian rice which includes:fried rice, jollof rice, Ofada rice and coconut rice coming your way soon.

INGREDIENTS

2 cigar cup of white rice

3litre of cean water

5 medium sized carrots 

2 table spoon salt 

DIRECTIONS

Wash the  rice with clean tap water and Parboil it for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash the parboiled rice and put in a sieve so all the water drains out.

Add 2 litres clean water to the pot and allow the water to boil befor adding your perboiled rice. Add two table spoon salt to taste.

Once the rice starts to boil, add your diced carrot.

The water level should be slightly less than the level of the rice; at most it should be at the same level as the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.

Then, serve rice with fresh sliced tomatoes and lettuce (optional) but for me i love the beauty it adds to the rice. Lol.. 

Indomie Noodles

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Indomie Instant Noodles has grown to become a household name across the country. This noodles have been able to capture the appetite of most Nigerians.

No matter how much of a foodie you are now, everyone has lived the instant noodle lifestyle at least once in their  lives.

This noodles is packed with all the necessary ingredients that is needed for preparing it but I like to add some ingredients as listed below to make a unique recipe.

Here is my first indomie recipe, the way it serves best for breakfast.

The process is very simple.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 balls of fresh tomatoes
  • 1 bulb Onion
  • Fresh pepper( Qty as you like)
  • 2 Eggs
  • vegetable oil (Qty as you like)

I make this recipe with two sachets of (small indomies), two eggs,  3 balls of fresh tomatoes and fresh pepper to taste, 1 bulb of onions.

The process is very simple.

Pieces the indomie in a bowl and pour hot water to it, allow for about five minutes for the noodles to get soft.

Place a large sauce pan over medium heat, add in the oil. Once the oil is hot enough, add sliced onions, tomatoes, fresh pepper and fry for about five minutes also.

Break the two eggs inti the sauce in the frying pan and allow to fry for 1 minutes.

Sieve the indomie noodles (remove water) then add the sachet ingredients while still in the bowl, at this point the noodles will be both soft and hot. Stir properly to allow the sauce get mix so there can be an equal taste.

Allow to simmer for 3 minutes and serve hot with a chilled drink. Enjoy!!!

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