Today I have been married exactly two years. It feels like 20 years! While Nacho  was at work I busied myself in the kitchen because I wanted to make a nice meal that we could share in the evening. He is not a huge fan of jollof rice,  so I thought that I might try my hand at a fried rice dish.  Sisi Jemimah is now my go to person for Nigerian rice dishes. I found two recipes on her website and chose this one:  Nigerian fried rice basmati fried rice. It was rather easy to make and as usual an absolute pleasure. I did not have all the ingredients but I made do with what I had in the cupboard.

Peppers and carrots were the only vegetables! And ham was the only meat. I added ginger and garlic to the chopped onion. 

Ingredients

4 Cups Basmati rice

2 Cooking Spoons Vegetable oil

4-5 Cups Chicken Stock

3 Cups Mixed Vegetables (Green peas, Runner beans, Green pepper, Sweetcorn, Carrot)

1 Big Onion, Chopped

1-2 cups Cooked Shrimp/Prawns

1 cup Liver, cooked and diced

1 Cup Chopped Spring Onions

4 Knorr Chicken Cubes

1Tablespoon Curry Powder

1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme

Salt to Taste

Preparation

Place a pot on medium heat and add the vegetable oil. When the oil heats up, add the washed Basmati Rice and fry for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to stir every now and then to prevent burning…

After frying, add the Chicken Stock, add enough to cook the rice through. Do not add too much liquid, just enough to cover. If you haven’t got enough Stock, add water to it. Add the Chopped Onions, Curry Powder, Thyme, Knorr cubes and Salt.

If you added Chicken stock, be very careful when adding Salt and seasoning. Remember your Chicken Stock already contains Salt.

Then cover tightly and leave to cook.

Basmati rice needs enough trapped heat to cook. You may wish to cover your pot with foil paper before  placing the lid on.

When it’s tender but not fully cooked, add the Mixed Vegetables and diced Liver…

Stir and combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary…

Then add the chopped Spring Onions, stir and combine. Cover tightly, leave to cook till soft..

Then add the cooked shrimp/Prawns, cover and cook for 2 minutes…

Then switch the heat off and allow to steam with the residual heat for 3 minutes. Your Basmati Fried Rice is ready..

 

I was very pleasantly surprised with the result. The rice came out very nicely. It got the approval of my mother, although I will say that her rice is infinitely tastier.  This rice is the stuff of parties and celebration 🎉 . My parents used to make this a lot when we were younger for birthdays (and with four siblings that was a lot of birthdays and rice!). This is the first time I have cooked fried rice in years.

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