Rice is probably the most eaten staple in Nigerian homes. Most people eat rice at least once – twice a week. Rice is essential to the Nigerian diet. You must be relieved to be on this page, because rice is familiar to you, one of the most, if not the most universal food ingredient. In Nigerian cooking, rice is eaten in many ways, the most common being Jollof rice. Jollof rice is an institution of its own, as a very talented photographer Akintayomi posted on his Instagram page, spelling jollof rice in lowercase is disrespectful. Jollof rice is that revered in Nigerian Cuisine.
A famous food import is Fried Rice. A Chinese dish that has become so Nigerian, we probably eat it more than the Chinese do
Rice is also enjoyed plain, served either with stew or beans and stew. A well loved rice dish is rice and beans. This is simply cooked by combining plain boiled rice, with plain boiled beans and tossing in a rich tomato and pepper sauce.
The dishes mentioned above are mainly cosmopolitan. Now let’s go traditional. Did you know that rice is also grown in Nigeria? Oh yes it is. Our rice is even more nutritious, because it is unpolished. The local rice is called Ofada rice or Abakaliki rice
This rice is earthy with a signature aroma. Ofada rice is now all the rave in Nigeria, it is served during parties and special occasions with a signature palm oil and green pepper sauce (link).
Other traditional rice dishes are Banga Rice, common to the people of the Niger Delta
and Iwuk Edesi, which is native to the Efik people
You can’t claim to know anything about Nigerian Cooking, without knowing how to cook Jollof rice, in fact for many non Nigerians, who have tasted Nigerian food, the first thing they remember is Jollof rice. I am yet to meet any non Nigerian who doesn’t like Jollof rice, especially Caucasians. It is usually the first dish of choice when any Nigerian is hosting white visitors. Jollof rice with fried plantain and stewed meats will usually be what introduces a Caucasian to Nigerian food. So, here is the recipe
You can serve your jollof rice, plain or you can add in some mixed veg.
Other notable rice dishes to sink your teeth into are Cococnut rice and you can try fried rice, the Nigerian way.
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