COOKING WITH IFEYINWA MOGEKWU
WITH IFEYINWA MOGEKWU OF IFY’S KITCHEN
A party in Nigeria is not complete without fried rice and its sister dish, Jollof rice. Fried rice is a very popular dish round the world and the way it is prepared varies from country to country. Fried rice is basically a dish of rice mixed with vegetables and any protein of your choice with the popular choice being cow liver, shrimps/prawns, chicken or eggs. It is however not uncommon to find a combination of one or two proteins mixed in a fried rice recipe. Fried rice can be eaten on its own but here in Nigeria, it is usually combined with fried chicken and salad. Today I will be showing you how to make the Nigerian fried rice with shrimps. Servings: 4-6 Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 35 mins Difficulty: Easy
1. 3 cups - Basmati rice; 2. 350g small -medium size
prawns (deveined); 3. 1 cup diced green pepper; 4. 1 cup diced carrot; 5. 1 cup chopped runner
beans; 6. ½ cup green peas; 7. 1 cup sweetcorn; 8. 2 medium size onions; 9. 2 cloves garlic (minced); 10. 1 tablespoon grated
ginger; 11. 3 bay leaves; 12. 3 seasoning cubes; 13. Salt; 14.4 tablespoons vegetable
oil; 15.2 teaspoons ground white
pepper; 16. 2 teaspoons Thyme; 17. 2-3 teaspoons Curry; 18. ½ - 1 teaspoon fish
seasoning; 19. 1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce; 20. 1 cup chopped spring
onions; and 21. 3- 4 cups Chicken stock or
1. Add the Chicken stock or water or a combination of both to a clean pot and place on medium heat. 2. Add curry powder, thyme, white pepper, seasoning cubes, bay leaf, salt, onions to the liquid and cover to boil. 3. Wash rice in room temperature water till clear and pour into the pot of boiling liquid. The liquid should just slightly be above the rice level. Cover and cook till rice is tender (the rice should not be too soft). 4. While rice is cooking, add the fish seasoning to the prawns and set aside. 5. Get a sauce pan and add one tablespoon of vegetable oil. When hot, add the prawns and cook till it turns pink. Remove from pan and set aside. 6. Return pan to medium heat and add the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. When hot enough, add the onions, minced garlic and grated ginger. 7. Add the runner beans and green peas. After about 90 seconds, add the carrots. Then add the green pepper and sweet corn. Season with some stock cubes(s) and soy sauce. Return the prawns back to the pan, stir and remove from heat. This step should be done quickly to ensure that the vegetables still retain their crunch. 8. Put an empty pan on medium heat, put some of the cooked rice into the pan, add some of the stir fried vegetables and some spring onions and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning. Repeat this step till all the rice is well combined with the vegetables. 9. Serve immediately.
Ify Mogekwu is a Legal Practitioner by day and a multi talented Chef living in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founder of Ifys Kitchen, an online page across various social media platforms where she shares her various amazing recipes with her fans. Due to...