Basmati Fried Rice is simply Nigerian Style Fried Rice made with Basmati instead of Long Grain Rice. Fried Rice is the second most popular rice dish in Nigeria; A must have at parties and a staple in most homes. It’s tagged “Nigerian Fried Rice” obviously cos there are several variations out there.
Some Basmati rice brands can be a pain to work with, so it’s advisable to go for tried and tested brands like Island Sun Sella Basmati, Asli Basmati, Lal Qilla, these brands are more processed variants but they cook really well and firm and more importantly, are not as smelly as regular Basmati.
I should apologise for the short pictorial recipe. I really didn’t plan to blog this recipe. It was meant to be just a Sunday lunch but thought to blog it after I’d already began cooking, so apologies.
4 Cups Basmati rice
2 Cooking Spoons Vegetable oil
4-5 Cups Chicken Stock
3 Cups Mixed Vegetables (Green peas, Runner beans, Green pepper, Sweetcorn, Carrot)
1 Big Onion, Chopped
1-2 cups Cooked Shrimp/Prawns
1 cup Liver, cooked and diced
1 Cup Chopped Spring Onions
4 Knorr Chicken Cubes
1Tablespoon Curry Powder
1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
Salt to Taste
Place a pot on medium heat and add the vegetable oil. When the oil heats up, add the washed Basmati Rice and fry for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to stir every now and then to prevent burning…
After frying, add the Chicken Stock, add enough to cook the rice through. Do not add too much liquid, just enough to cover. If you haven’t got enough Stock, add water to it. Add the Chopped Onions, Curry Powder, Thyme, Knorr cubes and Salt.
If you added Chicken stock, be very careful when adding Salt and seasoning. Remember your Chicken Stock already contains Salt.
Then cover tightly and leave to cook.
Basmati rice needs enough trapped heat to cook. You may wish to cover your pot with foil paper before placing the lid on.
When it’s tender but not fully cooked, add the Mixed Vegetables and diced Liver…
Stir and combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary…
Then add the chopped Spring Onions, stir and combine. Cover tightly, leave to cook till soft..
Then add the cooked shrimp/Prawns, cover and cook for 2 minutes…
Then switch the heat off and allow to steam with the residual heat for 3 minutes. Your Basmati Fried Rice is ready..
Why don’t you try this easy Basmati Fried rice recipe this Christmas. Will be waiting to read your feedback. Cheers!