PORTUGUESE RICE

PORTUGUESE RICE

The idea of driving through traffic on a Friday evening,  to satisfy my cravings for Nando’s inspired this dish, as I drove straight home to cook from scratch. Yes! I’ll rather cook from scratch , however long it takes, than to be stuck in traffic.

Staring at my larder, I quietly picked up the ingredients, using my taste buds as a point of reference with each decision I made. The rice always had a bite, a distinctive mustard colour, a tangy and slightly smoky taste . This was going to be a trial and error episode in my test Kitchen and one I was happy to tackle.

I decided to use Risotto rice (as it was the closest to a short grain rice I had available). I knew I had to reduce the starch content of the rice by washing it under lukewarm water, till the water run clear. I then soaked the rice in warm water for about 15-20 minutes, as I started cooking.

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During my trial and error effort, I ensured, when needed, to gently stir the mixture (to reduce activating the starch in the rice). In creating this recipe, I loved that I could easily turn this into a beautiful silky Risotto.

I marinated my Chicken in my homemade PiriPiri sauce and grilled for 30 minutes at 200*c. I’ll write up about my Piri Piri sauce later in another post.

I served my Rice with a coleslaw of Tomatoes, Shallots, Cucumber and the white part of a leftover Romaine Lettuce. Enough of me and let’s start cooking..

 

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Ingredients

240g of Risotto rice

200ml of Chicken stock

3 tablespoonful of Olive oil

1 large finely diced Onion

2 cloves of Garlic

1 deseeded and diced red peppers

1 teaspoon of Cumin powder

1 tablespoon of Mustard

1 teaspoon of Turmeric

1 teaspoon of smoky Papkrika

1 juice of 1 Lemon

100g of frozen Peas

1 teaspoon of Sea salt

Lemon wedges to serve

 

Method

Wash the rice till the water runs clear and set aside

Place a shallow pan on a low heat and add the Olive oil, diced Onions and red Peppers.

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Fry the mixture gently for 2 minutes, then add the grated Garlic and fry for 1 minute. Add the rice and stir fry for 2 minutes.

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Add the Mustard, Turmeric and stir the mixture together.

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Add the Cumin powder, mix well and add the Chicken stock.

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Add the smoky Paprika, Salt and stir gently till well combined.

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Bring the rice to a boil and reduce the heat to its lowest setting. Add the Lemon juice and stir gently till well combined. Cover the rice with a grease proof paper or foil (to trap in the steam) and the lid of the pan.

Cook for 25 minutes and discard the grease proof paper. Add the garden peas and cover with the lid of the saucepan. Turn the heat off, as the residual heat will cook the garden peas to perfection.

 

Serve immediately with Lemon wedges, grilled Piri Piri Chicken and Coleslaw.

For a vegetarian version, use Vegetarian stock and serve with grilled Halloumi. A perfect lunch box idea.

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GHANA, NAIJA JOLLOF RICE

GHANA, NAIJA JOLLOF RICE

‘If you close your eyes to facts you’ll learn through accidents’ African proverb.

In recent times the healthy debate of who makes the best Jollof rice (without paying homage to the originators of Jollof, the Wollof tribe from SeneGambia) has dominated the media.

The debate has been between Ghanaians and Nigerians about who makes the best  Jollof rice? The main difference is the Nigerian recipe calls for par-boiled  rice, whereby the Ghanaian Jollof uses washed dry rice, which is slow cooked in the spiced Tomato stock.

The use of spices and herbs also differs but there are similarities of either using thyme, bay leaves and or curry powder amongst the two countries.

Ghanaians also add steamed vegetables to their Jollof which acts as a garnish, gives the dish a lovely texture and incredible flavour.

My first attempt in creating this stew was successful ,  hence I decided to document and share the recipe. I like that I managed to combine the best of both cultures in creating this recipe.

I’ve written about my opinion of who makes the best Jollof on my food blog  ‘NDUDU BY FAFA’. Click on the link to read more..

Anyway, I decided to create a unique tasting stew by combining the Ghanaian tomato stew with the Nigerian Ayamase stew. The results was an intense dark , perfectly spiced and glossy stew. The stew is the base for this Jollof rice recipe and I hope you enjoy it.

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INGREDIENTS

500g of Fafa’s Mutton stew 

300g of Basmati rice, Long grain rice or Thai fragrant rice.

3 bay leaves

Half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg

250ml of Beef or Chicken stock

I teaspoon of salt

 

Vegetable Medley

Thinly sliced Carrots

1 large quartered white Onion

50g of quartered Cabbage

30g of frozen peas

1 tablespoon of sugar

3 tablespoonful of White wine Vinegar

1 teaspoon of butter

70ml of water

Half a teaspoon of salt to taste

Method

Wash the rice under luke warm water till the water runs clear.

Transfer the Mutton stew into a heavy bottomed saucepan and place on a medium heat.

Once the stew has warmed up, add the washed rice and fry for 3 minutes. This allows the rice to absorb the flavours of the stew.

Add your preferred stock and nutmeg. Mix everything together till well combined.

Taste for salt and if needed add a teaspoonful of Sea salt. Add the bay leaves and cover the rice with a grease proof paper. Cover the saucepan with its lid to trap in the steam.

Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and cook the rice for 30 minutes.

Tip

Avoid opening the saucepan whilst  the rice is cooking (this prevents the steam from escaping).

10 minutes before the rice is done, start steaming your vegetables.

Place a saucepan with 70ml of water on a medium heat.

Add the Sugar, Vinegar, Salt, Carrots ,Cabbage and cover with its lid. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting to allow the steam to cook the Vegetables.

Cook for 5 minutes, then add the Onion, butter and frozen peas. Turn the heat off and leave the vegetables to steam further for a minute.

Strain the vegetables off its juices (I keep the tangy Vegetable stock for making Risotto).

Transfer the el dente vegetables to the Jollof rice and mix well.

Serve the Jollof rice  immediately with some green salad, Avocado, fried Plantain etc..

Enjoy this Jollof with a glass of chilled unoaked Chablis, Palm wine or a tangy juice of freshly squeezed Grapefruit.

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