With a few days to Christmas, you are probably worried about what special recipe to make. Why not try Caribbean rice?
Usually in Nigeria, we have people cooking rice and stew, jollof rice, and fried rice. Sometimes, people also opt for local delicacies like goat meat pepper soup, and Egusi soup and pounded yam on that day.
But you can switch up Christmas day with this delicious meal. Here’s a simple way to make Caribbean rice this Christmas.
Caribbean rice is neither jollof rice nor fried rice. You can never tell how this was made; you can never guess it until someone actually shows you.
When you discover how to seamlessly combine beautiful fruits, meats, natural condiments and rice together; you will end up with something that is simply more than rice.
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How to prepare Caribbean rice.
- 400g beef, cubed
- 3 cups of rice
- 2kg chicken
- 1 cup of sliced green pepper
- 3 cups of fried ripe plantain cube
- 1 cup of sliced red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 cup of sliced carrot
- 1 cup of sliced onions
- 3 seasoning cubes
- Salt and pepper to test
- 1 sachet of chicken seasoning
- 150ml of vegetable oil
- Parboil the beef cubes in a small pot with a cube of Maggi and pinch of salt.
- Add one cup of water and allow to cook until they are very soft. Separate the beef from the stock. Once well cooked, set aside both the stock and beef.
- Slice the carrot, plantain, green pepper, onions and beef (if that is not done already).
- Fry the plantain and set aside. Pour boiled water on 3 cups of rice, allow to sit for 3 minutes, wash and cook until it is 75 per cent done. Don’t overcook it, or the food wouldn’t turn out well. Add two spoons of browning to the rice, stir evenly and set aside.
- Set your cooking pot on heat and add 100ml of vegetable oil. Allow to heat for a minute before adding the beef cubes. fry the beef cubes for 3-5 minutes until it darkens. Remove the beef cubes and pour in the remaining sliced onions. Stir, add the sliced green pepper, red bell pepper and carrot.
- Add the chicken/beef stock, a teaspoon of salt, a cube of Maggi (or knorr) and a teaspoon of ground (pepper). Stir all together. Allow a minute, then transfer the coloured rice.
- Turn evenly, taste for salt, you can add another cube of Maggi. Once the taste is good enough, add the fried meat and fried plantain.
- Turn evenly, cover your pot and allow simmering on low heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Serve your Caribbean rice with fried or grilled chicken.
So say bye to Jollof and Fried rice this Christmas. Try Carribean rice and thank us later.
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