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Week 1 - Nigerian Fried Rice

A delicious dish consisting of fragrant basmati, cooked in a aromatic yellow stock and dried thyme, with mixed chopped vegetables and your choice of meat folded in.


Nigerian Fried Rice

Prep Time:30 Min 

Cook Time:1 Hr (If using cooked rice, time is significantly reduced.)



  • 7 1/2 cups basmati rice

  • 4 1/2 - 6 cups stock

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk

  • Cooked chicken / turkey / beef / Quorn

  • 1 cup hard mixed veggies - onions, carrots; diced

  • 3 cups soft mixed veggies - spring onions, bell peppers, green beans; diced

  • 1/2 cup green tops of spring onions; sliced

  • 1 cup sweetcorn

  • Aromatics - ginger & curry paste

  • Spices - curry powder, dried thyme

  • Yellow chilli peppers (If desired)

  • Salt to taste



1 - Soak basmati rice for at least 30 minutes


Cook Rice

(During our lesson in school, we will use cooked rice due to limited time.)

1 - Drain away the soaking liquid

2 - Add stock and coconut milk to rice

3 - Season lightly with salt

4 - Set to cook on medium heat, about 12 - 15 minutes till al dente, cooked but with bite


Stir Fry

1 - In a large pot, heat up 3 - 4 tablespoons of oil

2 - Add aromatics and onions - let cook for a minute or two

3 - Follow with strips of cooked beef and carrots, stirring the whole time

4 -Add the soft mixed veggies and continue to stir fry. Season with spices to taste but with a light hand

5 - After a few minutes, begin adding the cooked rice and sweetcorn in batches of 2 - 3 cooking spoons, stirring well each time

6 - Continue this way till you've added all the rice

7 - Taste and adjust seasoning

8 - Put the lid on the top, and let cook

9 - After 5 minutes, with the lid on, shake the top with flipping motions. This way, the grains don't become mushy from over-stirring

10 - Taste and let cook till ready