My love for coconut rice started long ago.
I went to secondary boarding school, Girls Secondary School, Ihioma, one of the best model schools in Imo-State, Nigeria. This school also doubles a convent owned and operated by the Catholic Church. First of all, “secondary” school is the same as high school here in America. Boarding school was a bit challenging because you live in school, eat the meals provided by the school, and do not get to see your family until “visiting day.” Every first Sunday of the month was our visiting day, and I just like all the other kids look forward to that. My mother would usually bring the bestest tastiest yummiest Nigerian coconut jollof rice ever. That is typically the highlight of my month. Can you imagine waiting all month, and looking forward to coconutty goodness? In like manner, I love celebrating my yearly birthday with a dish of coconut rice.
Year after year, even at this stage of my life (as a fully grown woman), I still feel that the need to give myself the best birthday gift of them all – coconut rice. It is flavorful, tasty, easy to make, and yet classic. As a matter of fact, I am not the only one in my family that feel the same way about coconut rice. My brothers and sisters all adore this deliciousness, let’s face it is the best!
It all starts with some raw rice, and fresh (or can) coconut milk.
Nigerian coconut rice is the best.
Growing up, I never knew that you could buy already made coconut milk in tins just like tomato paste. In fact, I never saw commercially produced coconut milk until I traveled abroad. Yikes. Am spilling all the tea, but you get what I mean? Mother would usually use a grinding stone to crush the fresh coconut meat, and then use hot water to extract all the milk. Afterward, she will use it to make coconut rice – sweet, fragrant, flavorful. Mother’s coconut rice was E V E… Click To Tweet
In reality, 9ja coconut rice is always the best, whether you are talking about Nigerian coconut jollof rice (aka, this recipe), or any other one.
Countless coconut rice recipe
There are plenty of ways to cook coconut rice, just like there are many ways to cook fried rice as well. This is one of the ways I make my coconut rice. For this very recipe, I use tomatoes (mainly paste), bell peppers (sometimes), onions, and garlic. And would generally finish up with some mixed veggies, which is optional. For that extra veggie-ness, nutritiousness, and eye-catching-ness.
One of the most common things in all coconut rice recipes that I have seen is that they all need/use coconut milk and coconut oil.
Adding vegetables to your coconut rice is a matter of choice; nevertheless, it sure tastes perfect if you do.
If you are indeed crazy about coconut rice like yours truly, then here you go for the recipe.
Now it is your turn to share with me your best part of coconut rice. Do you like it, or maybe I should ask, “have you had it before?”
Will you be making this recipe?
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