So as a follow up to my homesickness,I prepared a meal that is the closest to home food.Other meals are relatively difficult to prepare as the ingridients are very scarce outside Nigeria.
Jollof rice is a meal common with people on the western coast of Africa.It is made with tomatoes,tomato puree and rice and a few more ingridients that are in the picture below.This is going to be a long post so be prepared.:).This is a meal I usually prepare on weekends as it is not exactly student friendly in terms of time.
From Left to Right:
Knorr beef stock cubes(for the rice)
Cajun Style seasoning(for the rice and the chicken)
Piri Piri Style seasoning(for the chicken)
Thyme(for the rice)
Salt(for the rice)
Curry Powder(for the rice)
Knorr chicken stock cubes(for the rice) P.S These stock cubes are from Nigeria.haha.:)
The other ingridients could be found at a local supermarket.
Cajun style seasoning is not a usual seasoning required for this dish.I used it in place of jollof rice spice.Bay leaves could also be used.
Other ingridients for the rice not shown above are:
1 tablespoon Tomato puree
3 teaspoons Pepper(cayenne or crushed chilli)
2 medium/4 small size tomatoes
1 teaspoon Garlic
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
Handful of chopped red onions
8 cups of water or meat stock
1 cup of Rice(long grain)
Please note that I shall explain this recipe using required measurements for one cup of rice.This serves two or in the case of you hungry people out there,one.If more cups of rice are used,remember to increase the amount of ingridients used.This meal could range from mild,medium to spicy according to your taste.Back home,people tend to lean towards spicier meals.
1.Wash the rice three times and place on the fire to parboil.Take down the rice after 10 minutes and wash once.
2.Keep the rice aside
3.Wash the tomatoes and chop into huge chunks.Place in a blender and blend until smooth.
4.Chop your onions into pieces and place a non-stick pot on fire
5.Add the oil into the pot and heat on medium/high heat for about 4 minutes
6.Place the chopped onions and garlic in the pot and cook for 1 minutes.
7.Add the blended tomato and stir until tomato looses its moisture and becomes drier.
8.Add the tomato puree and stir in the meat stock or water.The meat stock is made from dissolving the stock cubes in hot water or the liquid remaining whenever meat or chicken is boiled.
9.Cover the post and allow the stew to boil for about 10 minutes
10.Add half of the beef stock cube, one table spoon of the cajun spice,one teaspoon of thyme, one teaspoon of salt,one teaspoon of curry,the pepper according to taste and one cube of chicken stock.
11.Stir and check the seasoning.Add more spices if required.Also one bay leaf could be added to enhance flavour
12.Add the parboiled rice and stir lightly.
13.Reduce the heat to a low level and cover the pot.
14.Leave to cook and check continuously from time to time.Add more water if required and taste rice to see if soft enough (It usually takes about 25 minutes to cook completely)
15.When cooked,bring down from fire and ensure it is served hot.
It is delicious!
Now moving onto the recipe for the reggae reggae chicken.
I discovered this sauce at the local supermarket.I decided to try it out and I loved it!
It is really spicy and it truly taste unique.
I would reccommend chicken wings to be used for this meal.They sip in flavour a whole lot more.
If you have a lot of time on your side,you could marinate the chicken for 24hrs i.e spice it up and place in the freezer to prepare the next day.If not marinate and hour before you grill it.
1.Wash the chicken thoroughly
2.Place in a bowl and add the cajun spice,piri piri spice in appropriate amounts and rub in for five minutes and leave for about an hour.
3.Add more pepper if required.
4.Place the chicken on a roasting tin and use a brush to rub the reggae reggae sauce over the chicken. Use desired amounts(I love a lot of reggae reggae sauce ;) )
5.Heat your oven for 5 minutes at a temperature of 200°C.
6.Place the roasting tin in the middle of the oven.
7.Check the chicken frequently and turn from side to side to ensure it is cooked evenly.Turn up tempretaure to about 225°C
8.Baste with the reggae reggae sauce and oil from time to time until throughly cooked.It usually takes about 45 minutes to one hour.
9.When it is fully grilled,warm the rice and serve with the chicken.
A side dish could be coleslaw...
Now that is all! Bon Appetit!
Hope you enjoyed the post and had a good feel of Nigerian cuisine.
Enjoy your week