Showing posts with label Nigerian food recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigerian food recipes. Show all posts
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nigerian coconut rice and beans



My Nigerian coconut rice and beans is the recipe to try this weekend. So delicious I don't know how to describe it. So low cost yet so nutritious and tasty.  If you like rice, if you like beans porridge, if you like jollof rice, you'll definitely love this meal. Just finished cooking yet pot is cleared already as I type. 

INGREDIENTS FOR NIGERIAN COCONUT RICE AND BEANS:
2 Cups rice
11/2 cup beans
1 large onion
1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 small can tomato paste
1 large smoked fish
1 cup roughly ground crayfish
2 Seasoning cubes
1 teaspoon pepper or to your taste
2 cups coconut milk (1 sachet coconut milk powder)
Water enough to cover the rice 

COOKING DIRECTION

  1. Wash and boil beans with half of the onion. When beans is soft, add salt to taste, not too much.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

How To Cook Egusi Soup With Waterleaf

Egusi soup cooked with waterleaf.
 Nigerian Egusi soup can be cooked with vegetables like (ugu) (flutted pumpkin), amaranthus (Aleho, green), tomatoes, bitterleaf, Spinach,waterleaf and so on. Egusi soup tastes great wih all those green leafy vegetables but honestly, waterleaf has a way of softening the soup and making it so enjoyable. When I cook egusi with ugu leaves (Flutted pumpkin) a pinch of ground ogbono is added to soften soup a bit without making it drawy. With waterleaf in egusi soup, you don't need no softener, just enjoy.
For those who can't find waterleaf, use spinach.

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups egusi
2 kg beef
1 stock fish head
1/2 cup ground crayfish
2 medium sized smoked catfish
pepper to taste
1 bunch waterleaf
1 tablespoonful palm oil (You can add more)
1 medium sized onion to steam the beef
Salt to taste
Seasoning cubes
5 cups water to start with, you add more as you cook to get your desired thickness.


PREPARATION:

  1. Steam beef and stock fish with onion, pepper, seasoning and salt till almost
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Recipe for minced meat & cow tail gravy


Minced meat and cow tail gravy is really delicious with rice. The main meat here is the cowtail but knowing that cowtail on it's own is almost tasteless, I added minced meat (beef) for enhanced taste. Didn't want to cook nutritious but bland gravy, wanted both taste and nutrition combined in 1 pot. Rice and stew can be tiring sometimes if we do not alternate with gravy. 

Nigerians have come to accept and love gravies so much so that at events these days, you hardly see rice and stew without some gravy for those who prefer it. To cook cow tail gravy, it's very important to first of all cook the cow tail soft and seasoned before adding to gravy. I pressure cooked the cow tail soft in just 15 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup minced meat
  • Seasoning cubes to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper (I always use my pepper sauce for cooking)
  • 3 cabbage leaves
  • 1 large egg plant (Garden egg)
  • 3 medium sized carrots
  • A handful of green peas
  • 1/2 cow tail
  • Thickener ( I used knorr gravy powder (Roast meat)

COOKING DIRECTION:
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Recipe for Cow-leg white soup



Nigerian white soup is cooked without palm oil even though sometimes I add a few drops of oil to mine. This cow leg white soup is cooked with no oil. Recipe is same as other white soups just the addition of cow leg to this pot. There is no special method of cooking this, just cook cow leg soft and then add to your boiling soup. Cow-legs are very tough but this cooked really fast because I pressure cooked the leg first. If you have our white soup recipe, it is basically the same method with just twists and twerks each time I cook the soup. When you cook with cow leg, it's best to add some other form of protein like fish, beef or chicken because cow leg on it's own is almost tasteless, I added some tiny pieces of
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My Chinese style shredded beef gravy Recipe


My Chinese style shredded beef gravy (Beef curry sauce) without oyster sauce though. Cooked with mostly Nigerian ingredients and served with boiled rice. Yummy sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. I kg shredded beef
  2. 2 large green peppers
  3. 4 large red bell peppers (tatashey)
  4. 3 large carrots
  5. 3 cabbage leaves
  6. 1 large onion
  7. 1 tablespoon baking flour to thicken
  8. 1 sachet knorr gravy powder (Roast meat)
  9. Salt to taste
  10. seasoning cubes to taste
  11. 3 cups water
  12. 3 teaspoonfuls curry powder
  13. 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce (Optional)


COOKING PROCEDURE:
  1. Wash and boil shredded beef with salt and onion until tender, cut beef flat to help cook much
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Nigerian Christmas food recipes & ideas 2




Christmas in Nigeria is celebrated with assorted rice recipes:  rice and stew; fried rice; jollof rice; pounded yam and other types of fufu swallow served with Nigerian soups; There is already a post on 35 Nigerian Christmas Recipes To Try. Check it out by clicking on the link below:
35 Nigerian recipes to try this Christmas.

See more delicious Christmas Recipes after the cut:
Monday, December 12, 2016

Recipe: Smoked Fish Gravy With Nigerian Rice


 Smoked fish gravy is sauce cooked like any other gravy we have on this blog. Cooked with vegetables, seasoning and a thickener which could be baking flour.
Cooking gravy is very easy as all it needs is stir fry the vegetables, add stock or water, season to taste and thicken to desired consistency. Gravy is cheaper (less expensive) to cook compared to Nigerian tomato stew. Gravy is nutritious and can make you eat so much rice because of the taste. Can be cooked with meat, chicken, fish etc. Scroll down to see more gravy recipes on the blog.

INGREDIENTS FOR SMOKED FISH GRAVY:
I used...

  • 6 cups stock but added some more water later to reduce the thickness
  • 4 large carrots
  • 3 medium sized onion
  • 1 large cabbage
  • 4 red bell peppers (tatashey)
  • 2 smoked fish (Titus/mackerel)... deboned
  • 2 packs knorr roast meat gravy
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Grand soya oil
  • 1 tablespoon pepper sauce
  • 2 knorr cubes

COOKING DIRECTION:
  1. Chop and dice all vegetables and put away.
  2. Wash and debone the smoked fish
  3. Heat oil a little
  4. Stir fry the vegetables with seasoning cubes for about 1 minute or more if you want them a bit soft. I like crunchy veggies.
  5. Add the stock or water or both.
  6. Add pepper sauce and stir, check for taste of salt and seasoning
  7. Thicken. I used knorr gravy and added flour when not satisfied with thickness.
  8. Add smoked fish last so it doesn't crumble during stirring. Check taste and thickness.
  9. Serve with rice.
See step by step cooking pictures after the cut...
Monday, December 05, 2016

How to make self rising flour in your Kitchen

Homemade self rising flour

Self rising flour has become so expensive in Nigeria in this recession but, that won't affect you if you know how to make yours right there in your kitchen with just 3 everyday ingredients. Many recipes, especially Southern recipes call for self raising flour and you don't need to skip that yummy recipe, make your own homemade excellent self raising flour and use. It's as easy as ABC. Self raising flour is used in baking biscuits, cakes, pancakes and even bread. This homemade self rising flour is what I use in my kitchen now.

Here is how you can make your own.
You'll need these three ingredients:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Recipe - Groundnut dry afang soup served with low carb guinea corn fufu

Groundnut dry afang soup served with low carb guinea corn fufu.
 Groundnut (Peanut) soup can be cooked with or without vegetables. Here the delicious soup is cooked with very dry afang vegetable I have preserved for some time. This is the best groundnut soup yet. The little water leaf added softness and nutrition to the pot. Groundnut soup is one of the easiest Nigerian soups to cook. Nigerian groundnut soup can be cooked with any green leafy vegetable of choice. There are no strict methods, can be cooked with raw or roast groundnut depending on the taste you enjoy more. Doesn't require many ingredients to taste great. In this recession, this soup and okra soup are the first two soups I will recommend to anyone looking for less expensive delicious soups to cook.  Someone said cooking Nigerian meals can be very intense, but I promise you, cooking this soup is not difficult in anyway. Even if one doesn't have any experience with Nigerian soups, this is a straight forward kind of soup that requires neither skill nor experience. Just get groundnut and some green vegetables ready and your soup is cooked in no time.

INGREDIENTS FOR GROUNDNUT DRY AFANG SOUP:

  • 2 cups roast groundnut
  • 2 cups dry afang
  • 1 kilo beef
  • 1 smoked titus (mackerel) fish
  • pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Onion to boil the beef
  • 2 knorr seasoning cubes
  • 2 tablespoons palm oil
  • 1 Large bunch water leaf (You can use spinach)
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Enjoy Sunday Rice With Vegetable Sauce, Fish A Side Of Ripe Bananas


Sunday Rice is a culture that has come to stay in Nigeria. For most families, even if no one eats rice from Monday to Saturday, on Sunday after church rice has to be served. Most times, Sunday Lunch is rice and stew or jollof rice. Recently fried rice has come to almost take the place of these two. Rice just has to be served on Sunday. Today I don't want any status-quo so, I go for rice and Sunday vegetable sauce with fish. Tastes really delicious. My vegetable sauce is something any one can can cook even with eyes closed.

See vegetable sauce recipe here.
I made this vegetable sauce with:
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Recipe: How to make masa (Rice puff puff) from scratch

Masa served with fish stew.
Masa also known as waina is a popular snack from Northern Nigeria. Tastes like the oily bun (puff puff) and is served with stew or any sauce of choice. This is my first attempt and I'm making just little. Masa is so delicious that right from the day I saw it chopped in bits and added to the suya I got outside, tasted, I fell in love and promised myself I was going to learn how to make this delicacy. If you like Nigerian puff puff, you'll love masa. I didn't use many ingredients, wanted to savour the natural taste of masa first before adding onion and others with my next try. I make puff puff a lot and one very common thing between masa and Nigerian puff puff is that same aroma after leaving to ferment and rise. When I opened the blended rice, the aroma confused me, I thought someone replaced my mixture with puff puff batter.

Masa is made with that special tuwo white rice used in making rice fufu (tuwo shinkafa). I was really
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

How to roast plantain on a stove top/Roasted planted with pepper sauce Lunch


 Delicious recession lunch of fairly ripe roasted plantain served with spicey pepper sauce. Join me please... I used to buy already made roasted plantain until I discovered my griddle pan can grill/roast anything including plantain. These are roasted on the griddle as shown on the picture below...
Monday, November 21, 2016

How to bake cake using sand in a cooking pot; No Oven

 Delicious Cake baked using sand in a cooking pot placed on a stove top.
 I have posted a cake baked without an oven earlier on the blog. However, that cake wasn't baked using sand. The baking pan was paced directly on the pot and I don't think I'll bake like that again. Using sand and foil actually maintains the pot and is neat too. This I experimented with a small sized cake and because it turned out so great, I'll bake much bigger cakes using these method in the future becaause my oven actually consumes more gas than baking in a pot on the burners. Even when one has an oven, baking in a pot with sand really saves gas because less is consumed.




CAKE WITHOUT AN OVEN INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 sachet baking margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

First of all I accidentally added the sugar direct to flour instead of beating it with margarine first, that scared me but the cake turned out great. Because sugar had already accidentally been added to dry flour, I had to add the eggs one after the other and beat with margarine before adding the vanilla essence. 

Baking without oven procedure:
The sifted flour which already has other dry ingredients added, now begins to get folded in with the egg/margarine mixture. After all the folding in, The taste is great and by now the pot of sand has been on the stove for about 20 minutes. The baking pan is greased, some flour sprinkled inside before pouring in the batter. Foil is used to cover the sand before the baking pan is placed on the foil in the
Friday, November 18, 2016

How To: My Homemade Coconut Oil

Homemade coconut oil

How I made my coconut oil at home: 
First I washed and diced coconut into smaller pieces, then blended with water and sieved the milk with a cheese cloth. With the chaff separated. I kept the milk in the freezer overnight. By the next morning, it had solidified (iced) I brought the hard milk curd out of the freezer and let it stand for about 5 minutes to enable break out the curd from the water. Because water is heavier than milk, it had settled at the bottom of the plastic bucket. The milk settled on top of the water, so, with the water and milk naturally separated, I didn't have to do much. Just took out the whitish curd, put in a pot and placed on the stove, it boils and
Thursday, November 17, 2016

How to make Coconut fufu with desiccated coconut (chaff)

 Coconut fufu served with recession afang vegetable soup.
Coconut fufu can be made with desiccated coconut (Chaff left after the coconut oil has been extracted) For this fufu, I made it with the coconut chaff and added a little guinea corn flour; a little
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Recipe: How to bake Nigerian Meat pie on a stove (without an oven)




Nigerian meat pie is usually baked in an oven, but can also easily be baked on a stove top using a baking pan and cooking pot. This meat pie turned out as good as the ones I baked in an oven. What the meat pie needs to bake is just the heat whether in an oven or stove top. The process of making the batter and scooping in the meat and vegetable is the same (as shown on the step by step meat pie making pictures below)    The only thing I did differently here is heat a cooking pot with sand in it for about 40 minutes, cover with foil to prevent sand entering your food. Grease a baking pan, sprinkle flour in it, arrabged the meat pies neatly and place in the heated pot. You can also cover the baking pan inside with foil (I didn't).  When the meat pie is cooked in about 40 minutes, I flip and leave for about 5 more minutes (This depends om how hot your stove/cooker is). For my cooker, I remove from heat after flipping and waiting 5 minutes. My delicious meat pie is ready.

INGREDIENTS FOR THIS MEAT PIE:
  • 5 cups flour ( 1kg is about 8 cups)
  • 250g baking margarine. I don't have butter today.
  • 1/2 a teaspoon salt
  • About 300 ml water
For the filling, I had some preserved in the freezer after making this meat pie and chicken pie here. Had to bring them out, mix and use. You can make the filling by following THIS MEAT PIE RECIPE HERE.
This is how to make meat pie without an oven.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recipes: Fairly ripe and unripe plantain porridge, dinner is served

Plantain porridge cooked with fairly ripe and unripe plantain
 Nigerian plantain porridge is a delicacy many Nigerians are yet to taste. This fairly ripe and unripe plantain porridge was cooked with the plantain porridge recipes already on the blog. See them, about 10 recipes all here. For plantain porridge, the plantains can be chopped smaller, shorter or longer according to how you like them.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Recipe: How to make Pink Pancakes


Delicious pink pancakes are easy to make, just like every other Nigerian pancake. My kids fell over themselves rushing these pancakes not like the taste is too different. I think the colour attracted them even before the taste.

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups all purpose flour
Vegetable oil
Water
Onion
Sugar to your taste. I used 2 tablespoonfuls.
Salt just 1/2 a teaspoon
2 teaspoonfuls Nora Jollof spice 
a pinch of thyme (optional)


PROCEDURE:
The pictures below are self explanatory as I uploaded all. From the first picture (below) I added 2
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Recipe: How to make guinea corn fufu from scratch

Gunea corn fufu with soup

 Guinea corn is awesome  in terms of nutrients, and can provide us  with vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin, as well as high levels of magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium, as well as nearly half the daily required intake of protein.  It is not only recommended for babies as adults too need all those vitamins.
Guinea corn (sorghum) fufu is made the exact same way as the millet fufu I posted earlier. Unlike cassava and yam, the bulk of guinea corn and millet is fiber, which is good for
Friday, November 11, 2016

How to make millet fufu from scratch



Millet fufu is made almost the same way as amala, tuwo and other 'flour' forms of swallow (fufu).
First mix a little quantity with cold water (watery) and put on the stove, let it boil very well as you continue to stir, boiling cooks the starch and helps your final fufu to hold together. Let it boil and change in colour a little as if the starch is overcooked before you start pouring in more powder and stirring to desired softness. Also click on this link to check out How yo make rice flour fufu (tuwo)
Wheat meal fufu from scratch.

Millet contains uniquely high content of nutrients, including impressive starch levels, very high B-vitamin content, as well as calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and so on.
See step by step cooking pictures below:

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