Nigerian Coconut Rice is a delightful cold snack or side dish with a meal on a hot day.
Nigerian Coconut Rice Recipe-
- Rice – 3 cups uncooked long grain white rice
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups coconut milk
- Pepper (to taste)
- Salt (to taste)
- 2 Medium Sized Onions, rough chopped
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- Nigerian Seasoning – 1 Maggi cube (you have to have this seasoning for authentic results and flavor)
- Nuts of your choice (optional)
- Use a larger pot than you needed to parboil your rice to prepare the complete dish. Your parboiled rice will typically rise about 25% in size by the time it is halfway cooked. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat up high. Cook until the rice has started to soften, but is still quite chewy. Drain the liquid off through a sieve.
- Now pour the chicken stock and coconut milk into the pot, and stir until well mixed together. Bring the combined liquid mixture to a boil.
- Next add in the parboiled, drained rice, add the (crushed) Maggi cube, and salt and pepper to taste. The combined liquid in the pot should be level with the top of the rice. If it is not, add in just enough water to make it so. This is the proper proportion necessary to make sure the rice will be done and perfectly cooked once all the liquid elements have cooked out and dried up.
- Put a tight fitting lid on the pot and leave it to cook on medium or medium low heat, depending on your burner. You want the dish to cook at just a lively simmer, not so hot that it cooks out all the liquid and burns the rice before it is thoroughly cooked. If you are including nuts, add and stir them in toward the end, when the rice is almost well cooked – you want the nuts to remain a little firm, not get all soggy – 5 or 6 minutes should do it.
- When you can tilt the pot to the side, and no liquid comes seeping down the side, your rice should be done. Do a taste test, if the rice is still not tender enough, add a small amount of water and continue to simmer until you are satisfied with the softness and texture of your rice.
- Nigerian coconut rice tastes great served either hot or chilled. If serving cold, refrigerate for at least 2 hours before mealtime.
And that’s it! Serve and enjoy some scrumptious Nigerian Coconut Rice!