When it comes to family, meal time is far more important than just keeping body and soul together. Family meals are prepared more deliberately and with love, there are aromas from the kitchen that is unique to each family.
Food as far as family is concerned creates bonds and memories that will not go away; years later, on whatever side of the planet you wound up, you will recall with nostalgia the aroma from your mum’s kitchen.
So yes, food is that important to family life and that is why Motherhood In-Style is bringing you new recipes to try out so you and your family can enjoy and bond even more.
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Rice is a common staple in Nigerian homes; kids and adults love it alike, how about you take a spin on it and incorporate coconut this weekend? You absolutely will love it, just make sure you find really matured coconut, it makes a lot of difference.
Ingredients (6 Servings)
Coconut (one big ball)
3 cups of rice
Fresh ground or sliced tomatoes (500ml)
Onions (2 bulbs)
Maggi cubes (2-3)
1 sachet Kitchen glory (beef seasoning)
Groundnut/vegetable oil half cup (150ml)
Salt and pepper to taste
See steps below:
First break the coconut and remove the shells. You will not be needing the water in the coconut to make your dish, so you can just drink it- it is actually healthy. Grate or blend your chopped coconut, add water to the mixture, sieve the milk and set the meaty part aside. Then filter the sieved milk and set aside in a bowl.
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While parboiling your rice, blend your tomatoes and pepper. Also parboil the chicken with all the necessary ingredients (Onions, Salt, herbs and seasoning), add water about five minutes later and allow cooking till it is soft for consumption.
Once the chicken is tender, pick with a fork and deep fry while reserving the stock for later. Once you have gotten the water from the coconut ready and also fried the chicken (Frying the chicken is optional), you are ready to start cooking your rice.
Set your cooking pot on heat, add half cup (150ml) of vegetable/groundnut oil, allow heating for at least 90 seconds before adding the ground or sliced tomatoes. Now fry and stir the tomatoes for the next 10-15 minutes till it is dried.
Add the stock from the meat once you are done with frying the tomatoes, also add the coconut milk, a cube of seasoning, add more salt to taste. Allow to boil.
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Add the rice and cook for the next twenty to forty minutes until it is soft enough for consumption.
You can add a little more water along the line. Once it is soft enough to your desire, go ahead and serve with the fried meat. You just made a delicious pot of coconut rice.
Serve with the cooked, fried or grilled chicken. Aside chicken you can also use goat meat, beef or assorted meat to make a delicious coconut rice meal.
Tags: Coconut Rice, Ingredients, Recipe
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