Fried rice is one of the many popular rice dishes in Nigeria. I’ve come across a lot of recipes for Nigerian fried rice online and eaten different varieties at parties, so I thought I’d add mine as well. It can be made with a variety of meats from chicken to seafood a- It all depends on your taste.
I sense the Nigerian fried rice recipe has evolved over the years as growing up in Lagos in the 90’s, Nigerian Fried rice was made with yellow curry powder, cows liver and mixed vegetables and not the seafood or smoked sausage versions I see today. If you’ve not tasted the liver version before, you may be thinking “What?!“, but trust me, when you taste it, you may not want to go back ; p.
This is my take on my Mama’s Sunday Fried Rice recipe from when we lived in Ebute Metta Lagos, Enjoy!
Nigerian Liver Fried Rice
- 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables: bell pepper, spring onion, carrots, sweet corn, peas and green beans.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 300g Sliced beef liver
- 1 cup Chicken stock or 2 x chicken stock cubes
- 2 x cups Basmati rice
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 x Birds eye chilli’s
- 2 x Onions, chopped
- Fresh Ginger and Garlic – chopped
- Butter (Optional)
- Prepare the rice by rinsing in cold water until the water drains clear. Season the rice with thyme, curry powder, chopped chilli, onions and stock cube and/or fresh stock. Add 1.5-2 cups of water and cook on a medium heat until fluffy. Once the rice is cooked, fluff with a fork and lift the lid to cool down the rice.
- While the rice is cooking, in a separate pot, clean the sliced liver pieces by running through in cold water. Season with some of the onion, chilli, ginger, garlic, stock cube and salt. There is no need to add water as the liver retains a lot of water. Cook on a medium heat for ~ 15 mins. Once cooked, drain, chop into cubes and set aside.
- Heat a large wok with 2 tablespoon of oil. Fry the chopped liver first until slightly brown then add the remaining onions and chilli with the ginger and garlic. After ~5 mins, add the rest of the vegetables and continue to fry the mix until it’s slightly brown but not burnt.
- Create a hole in the wok by pushing aside the mix so you can add the cooked and seasoned rice in the middle. Turn up the heat and mix together to create that perfect fried rice dish. If you like, you can add some butter for the velvety soft rice.
- Voila! your dish is ready.