So I’m back after the hiatus that was the Human Rights project. Betcha all missed me, right?
Well anyway, so my church had a potluck Feast to celebrate Easter Sunday and when deciding what I was going to bring, someone mentioned that there was a really tasty rice dish they’d tried from Nigeria. So I thought I’d look it up online, got the general gist that it was a basic jambalaya, and made up a simple version. I have no idea if it tastes anything like it’s meant to, but as it is it’s a tasty rice dish which can be eaten hot or cold. I’ve halved the recipe I used as it made quite a lot; the following should serve 4-5 and can be eaten hot or cold.
2 small onions, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 can plum tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
1/2 cup water + 1.5 cups + extra as needed
2 tbsp oil
2 cups rice (can use just the 40p per kilo stuff, this isn’t haute cuisine)
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp pepper, ground
1 tsp mixed herbs
- Soften the onions and garlic in a large pan with some oil. When done, remove from the pan and blend them, the tomatoes, the purée, the tinned tomatoes, and 1 cup water.
- Heat the oil in the now-empty pan and stir in the rice until coated in oil.
- Pour over the tomato mix, and the spices, and stir
- Add 1.5 cups water and stir
- Let cook for 45 minutes over a medium-high heat, stirring every 10 minutes or so and adding more water if necessary.
- If you want, 10 minutes before the end you can add other things such as peas, cooked meat, chopped peppers, etc.