For the Coconut Fried Rice
- 500g long grain white Rice
- 200ml Coconut Milk(click to see how to make coconut milk)
- 1 handful Coconut flesh/meat(optional)(check below ingredients tip)
- 300ml Chicken stock/broth Or Water(check below ingredients tip)
- 100g cleaned Shrimps(fresh or frozen)(you can also use fried liver or beef)(optional)
- 2 large Carrots
- 1 handful/50g Green Peas or Runner Beans
- 1 large Green bell pepper
- 1 large Red bell pepper
- 1 handful/ 50g Sweet corn(from the can)
- 1 large Onion bulb
- 2-3 tablespoonful Curry Powder
- 1½ teaspoonful Garlic Powder
- ½ tablespoonful Black or white pepper (optional)
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder/ grated ginger (optional)
- 1-2 Cooking spoonful Vegetable Oil/Coconut oil(see how to make coconut oil)
- 2-3 stock cube/seasoning cube
- Salt (to taste)
– If you want a strong coconut flavor you can make use of coconut oil and also add some finely grated coconut(coconut shavings) during the stir-fry, but for a mild taste only coconut milk will be fine.
1a. The first step is to prepare the ingredients for the coconut fried rice.
If you don’t have chicken stock, See how we prepared it in Nigerian fried rice recipe.
You can also use plain water, but you’ll have to add extra seasoning to make the coconut fried rice as tasty as when stock is used.
1b. Parboil the Rice using this method HERE; place in a sieve to drain out excess water.
Tip: Parboiling helps to reduce the starchy content of the rice which makes the grains to clump together when cooking, if you are »anti-parboiling », no problem, but I strongly advice this when making coconut fried rice because the oil from the coconut milk tends to clump the rice and makes it sticky if you don’t work smart. But that’s just my opinion.
Now to prepare the Vegetables
1c. Wash all the vegetables. Peel the carrots & cut into small sizes.
Dice the onion, take out the seeds of the green and red bell peppers & cut into smaller sizes.
Remove sweet corn from can, rinse and strain.
1d. Place the carrots & green peas in boiling water for 3 minutes, strain out and place in a bowl of cold water, leave to cool in the water, then pour into a sieve and set aside.
Tip: this method is called blanching. It helps to par-boil the vegetables without cooking it through, thereby cutting down the stir-frying process. It also helps to preserve the vibrant color of the vegetables.
If you like crunchy carrots, you can skip this step.
2. Pour the chicken stock and coconut milk into a large pot and bring to a boil.
As the mixture starts to boil , add 1 seasoning cube(stock cube), 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, half of the diced onions and salt to taste. Mix well and add the parboiled rice. Leave to cook on medium heat.
Tip: The liquid should be at almost the same level as the rice, so that it dries up completely when the rice is done.
If you don’t have stock, double the seasoning you’ll be using and use water and coconut milk
3. When the rice is starts to bubble, place the cleaned shrimps on top of the rice and leave to cook until the rice is done.
Mix well, open the pot and leave the rice to cool a bit.
4. Now heat up the oil; add the diced carrots, sweet corn, peas, red&green bell pepper, coconut shavings and diced liver/meat(if using); then add the white/black pepper, ginger, and the remaining garlic, curry &seasoning cube to taste, stir fry for 1 min and transfer all the veggies into a bowl.
Coconut fried rice CANNOT be classified as fried rice if it is not stir-fried, so we will be doing that in small batches as we do with all our fried rice recipes.
5. Divide the stir-fried vegetables into equal portions depending on how much your frying pan/wok/skillet can take.
Place a portion of the stir-fried vegetables into the pan; add a portion of the cooked coconut rice and gently stir-fry for about 2 to 3 minutes to get enough heat into the rice.
Repeat this process for the remaining rice and vegetable mix.
And now you have a delicious, rich and tasty Coconut fried rice. You can serve accompanied with Crispy Chicken, Salad,moi- moi or fried plantains. ENJOY!
Algerian Bouzgene Berber Bread with Roasted Pepper Sauce
Prep 20 m
Cook 20 m
Ready In,40 m
- Preheat your oven’s broiler. Place red bell peppers and tomatoes on a baking sheet, and roast under the broiler for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally. This should blacken the skin and help it peel off more easily. Cool, then scrape the skins off of the tomatoes and peppers, and place them in a large bowl. Remove cores and seeds from the bell peppers.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the jalapenos and garlic, and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and transfer the garlic and jalapeno to the bowl with the tomatoes and red peppers. Using two sharp steak knives (one in each hand), cut up the tomatoes and peppers to a coarse and soupy consistency. Stir, and set sauce aside.
- Place the semolina in a large bowl, and stir in salt and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Gradually add water while mixing and squeezing with your hand until the dough holds together without being sticky or dry, and molds easily with the hand. Divide into 6 pieces and form into balls.
- For each round, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Roll out dough one round at a time, to no thicker than 1/4 inch. Fry in the hot skillet until dark brown spots appear on the surface, and they are crispy. Remove from the skillet, and wrap in a clean towel while preparing the remaining flat breads.
- To eat the bread and sauce, break off pieces of the bread, and scoop them into the sauce. It will slide off, but just keep reaching in!
Prep 15 m
Cook 25 m
Ready In 2 h 10 m
- In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
- Place flour in a large bowl, and stir in salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the corn oil and yeast mixture. Add the remaining water in small amounts until you have a soft moist dough that can be handled. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for at least 5 minutes. Return to the bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Deflate the risen dough, and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball with a rolling pin so it is oval shaped, about 6 inches long, and 1/2 inch thick. Use a fork or dull knife to draw three lines on the top of each loaf. Place the loaves on a baking sheet. Mix together the egg and remaining tablespoon of water; brush the tops of the loaves with the mixture. Sprinkle caraway seeds over the tops, if using.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the loaves are shiny and golden brown.
Black Glutinous Rice Porridge
Prep 15 m
Cook 30 m
Ready In 45 m
- In a saucepan bring water and pandan leaf to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove pandan leaf and stir in brown sugar and white sugar. Continue to cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and remove from heat.