Here we are talking about rice again. This particular dish is well known and greatly enjoyed, however I feel that people treat it like the less interesting cousin of Jollof rice - it’s nice to have it as an option, but once the Jollof rice arrives, they quickly forget about it :).
For this recipe you will need rice (of course :D); lots of nice fresh vegetables, like carrots, green beans, green peas, sweet corn, red sweet peppers, onions; beef liver, thyme, curry powder, garlic powder, grounded hot pepper, salt, stock cubes, oil and chicken or turkey stock. Phew… That’s a long list! But as long as the list of ingredients is, this recipe is actually quick to do - about 30 mins. Once you have all the ingredients, you parboil the rice in the chicken/turkey stock - by doing this the rice already has a great taste, even before adding all other delicious ingredients. At the same time, in a separate pot, boil the cow liver together with some onions, salt, thyme, curry and a stock cube - no need to add water, but check regularly to make sure it doesn’t burn. While the rice and liver are cooking, you cut all vegetables into small cubes. Turn off the heat for rice and cow liver and cut the liver into small cubes as well. Preheat some oil in a pan, throw in the onions, frying for about 2 minutes, then add the all the chopped vegetables, the liver and the seasonings - thyme, curry powder, garlic powder, chilli pepper, salt, one stock cube. After about 5 minutes, add the rice and stir-fry for another 2 to 5 mins. Your delicious FRIED RICE is ready!!! Yes, it is fried rice I was talking about!
Personally, I love fried rice as much as I love Jollof rice. However, I love it when it is cooked as I described above. There are some variations to this recipe, as it is with many other African recipes. For example, you could have shrimps or beef instead of cow liver, or you could skip the meat all together, or you could skip the red bell-pepper or the hot pepper. Don’t get me wrong, it is still very tasty, if you cook it differently, but for me, Jollof rice will always win over fried rice, if the latter is cooked in a different way.
Most of the time people do serve Jollof rice and fried rice together at a party, but I feel that, somehow, Jollof rice managed to steal the title of ‘party rice’ from his less interesting cousin, fried rice. Do you agree with me?