Fried Rice is one of the most popular delicacies in Nigeria especially during festive periods and parties. In Nigeria, a party is not yet complete without the presence of Fried Rice and its Siamese twin, Jollof Rice. These two dishes are almost always present in every party you attend in Nigeria or amongst Nigerians in the diaspora.
Cooking Fried Rice is an easy but tricky process, which is why a lot of people get it wrong. This guide would teach you how to cook delicious Fried Rice the proper Nigerian way.
To cook Nigerian Fried Rice, you would need to get the following ingredients ready;
- White Rice (500 mg). You could use any type of rice. Some people even make use of Basmati Rice or Brown Rice to cook their Nigerian Fried Rice.
- Vegetable Oil(2-3 cooking spoonsful)
- Chicken Broth or Turkey Broth (500 ml).
- Beef/Cow Liver (100g)
- Carrots (2 large sized).
- Green Peas (a handful. You could also use runner beans as a substitute.
- Green Bell Pepper( 1 large sized)
- Onions (1 bulb).
- Curry Powder (3 tablespoonsful)
- Garlic Powder (1 teaspoonful)
- Black/White Pepper (1/2 tablespoonful).
- Chicken/Turkey Drumsticks (500 g)
- Thyme (1 teaspoonful for cooking the chicken/turkey)
- Curry(1 teaspoonful for cooking the chicken/turkey)
- 3 stock cubes (2 cubes for cooking the fried rice and 1 cube for boiling the chicken)
- First, you need to prepare your chicken or Turkey so that you can get your stock/broth ready. To do this, you should simply;
- Put your chicken in a clean pot and add 1 stock cube and some onion slices with a teaspoon of curry and thyme.
- Add just a little water and allow the chicken to cook for like 10 minutes. You can add more water as it cooks so that you would have enough stock/broth left after the chicken is cooked.
- Now pour the whole contents of the pot in a strainer to separate the chicken from the broth.
- Prepare the cow liver by placing it in a clean pot. Add seasoning and salt to taste and cook for about 10 minutes until it is done.
- Now cut into small cubes and put aside to be used later.
Remember that you can also make use of beef if you don’t really fancy using cow liver.
- Parboil the rice to remove excess starch and prevent the rice grains from clumping together during the cooking process.
- Prepare the vegetables. To do this, you should;
- Wash them thoroughly.
- Peel the carrots and dice into small cubes.
- Remove the seeds of the green pepper and dice into small cubes too.
- Blanch the vegetables by placing it in a boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then strain it out and put into a bowl of cold water.
- Pour your chicken stock into a big pot and allow it to boil. Ensure that your stock is the same level as your rice so that the water dries up completely when the rice is done. Although you can add some water if the stock wouldn’t be sufficient.
- As the stock boils, add in your rice, seasoning, garlic powder, curry powder, onions and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat until it is done.
- Now, it’s time to fry the rice. To do this, you need to pour some vegetable oil into a large frying pan.
- Heat it up and pour in your blanched vegetable and diced cow livers as well as your white/black pepper, curry, garlic and seasoning to taste.
- Stir-fry the whole contents for 1 or 2 minutes.
So that you don’t overstuff your frying pan and in order to ensure that the rice is evenly fried, you have to divide the stir-fried vegetables into smaller portions so that you can fry the rice in batches.
- Pour each portion of stir-fried vegetables into a frying pan and then add in some of the cooked rice and stir-fry for two to three minutes. Do this until you’ve fried all your rice.
Now, your fried rice is ready. You can enjoy it with some fried plantains or some Nigerian Moi-Moi if you wish.