Coconut rice is a well-known West African dish, especially in an African place like Nigeria. As the name rightly suggests, it is a delicious delicacy made with rice and cooked in aromatic coconut milk. With its rich, luscious, and aromatic flavor, you’d be surprised that such a simple recipe, has this much flavor. Here are some of the things you should know about coconut rice, and how to make it.
Ingredients Needed for Making Coconut Rice
It is important to note that you need both the ingredients for the chicken (it could asl be fish or meat) and rice, to prepare such delicious and mouth-watering delicacy. For your chicken, you may decide to get 1.5 pond chicken quarters, and cut them into small bits or pieces. You need to get like two scotch bonnets of Ata Rodo, one teaspoon of both thyme and curry powder, one seasoning cube, one bay leaf, as well as one diced onion.
The ingredients for the rice include; three cups of rice (depending on the number of people joining you for the meal), two cups of coconut milk, two cups of chicken stock (usually from the boiled chicken), one cup of green pepper (preferably diced), two tablespoons of crayfish (optional), you can include shrimps if you wish. More importantly, you need two tablespoons of coconut oil or any other available cooking oil.
How to Make Coconut Rice
Actually, it Is no exaggeration that rice is consumed by most Nigerians, at least, two to three times a week. We can prepare this recipe and eat it either for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Most Nigerians love eating rice because it is very versatile, and is easily paired with any of these; fish, meat, chicken, or even vegetables.
In most cases, is irresistible, which is because we have been conditioned to eating it, almost every day. Although, coconut rice is a meal known in every Nigerian home, how it is prepared differs from home to home. Here are some important steps to take when making a coconut rice recipe.
Cut the Chicken, Fish or Meat
Start by cutting the chicken, or meat into smaller portions (you can also add your shrimps). Afterward, rinse or them properly and put them inside the pot.
Season the Chicken
Season with salt, seasoning cube, thyme, as well as curry powder. Next, add the diced onions and Habanero pepper, as well as bay leaf. You can stir and cover, then allow it to cook for fifteen minutes, or thereabouts. Afterward, separate the chicken from the stock, and put it aside.
Preheat the Coconut Oil
Ake sure to do this in a clean pot, after which you add the onions and stir fry, till the onions become translucent (do not allow it to get burnt). You can now add coconut milk, chicken or meat stock, crayfish, and habanero pepper. Let it come to a boil.
Add and Wash the Drained Rice
You must have washed (or parboiled) and drained your rice earlier before now. Add it to the stock and allow it to cook for about fifteen to twenty minutes. After that, you can put your shrimp and chicken. Cover it up, put it on low heat and allow it to cook for close to ten minutes or more.
Serve and Enjoy!
You can now turn off the heat and leave it to steam for like five minutes. Open the lid, stir, serve and enjoy your aromatic delicacy!