Tuesday, July 6

Nigerian Food- Coconut Rice


SO....i was supposed to do a July 4th Post...BUT however, due to my lack of a personal Laptop, I cannot edit and post pictures that easily which sucks :(. But since food has been on my mind...I decided to do food (without much pictures )! Coconut Rice :)
Nigerians cook coconut rice pretty often for very special occasions, I know my mother cooked it every Christmas day and new years day (2x a year) It was a very special meal and I loved eating it with some chicken.
Coconut Rice is so easy to make, it's almost the same way as making fried rice.



What You need
2 cups medium-large grain Rice
1/2 cup coconut milk (get the real coconut and use the milk(no canned coconut milk), if your coconut is dry, peel and cut it then blend it till it is smooth, make sure you add a little water or your rice will be too fragrant).
1/4 cup veggie mix (carrot, peas, green beans, etc.)
1/4 cup diced Red, green and or yellow peppers
1/4 cup diced onions (if you like them)
1/8 cup diced or crushed garlic
1/8 cup grated Ginger
chicken broth seasoning or plain seasoning
2 tablespoons frying oil (try canola )
1 TB spoon of dry cayenne red pepper (reduce it if you don't like spicy food)
1/2 a bag of large shrimp

Making the Rice

If you use a rice cooker...
1.follow the rice cooker instructions for 2 cups making sure to substitute the 1/2 cup of coconut milk with the water instructions.
2. add a pinch of salt to taste

If you are cooking on fire/stove.
1. put about 2 cups of water and 1/2 a cup of coconut milk and boil the rice with a pinch of salt
2. make sure to check every 15-20 minutes when the water dries out and add a little bit of more water till the rice is soft (but not too soft)

when the rice is done;
drain out all the water by putting it in a colander (try to avoid having excess water because the water contains your coconut milk!), put a drop of canola oil on the rice to prevent the rice from sticking together.
In a frying pan or wok steam fry with the canola oil, the veggies, pepper, seasoning, shrimp, garlic, ginger, onions and all others. once the seasoning is done frying, drain all the excess oil and the water from the pan(so that your rice wouldn't be sticky)
add another set of oil (2 tbs or more) and then refry the mix again for 5 minutes, add the rice in and stir to even out for a few minutes till the rice is fried well.
Put off the stove and cover the pan/wok for the ice to steam for 5 minutes more
serve hot with your favorite sides



I'll advice you not to use Thai coconut milk to cook this because I tried and the smell and taste was different I was too fragrant which took away the taste, also I think the coconut milk I used had some milk in it and for a Lactose Intolerant person, that is not good :(
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