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Coconut Rice

Yes, it looks the same as the
Jollof Rice you know but the
aroma and taste is different.
Why don't you surprise your
guests tonight by preparing this
easy dinner recipe?
Ingredients
Rice - 3 cigar cups | 750g
12 medium sized fresh Plum
Tomatoes (Jos Tomatoes)
1 coconut
20g of tinned / canned
tomato puree
Vegetable Oil
Chicken (whole chicken or
drumsticks)
Pepper - to taste
Salt (to taste)
Onions - 3 medium sized
bulbs
Seasoning – 3 Maggi/Knorr
cubes & Thyme (1 teaspoon)
Before you cook Coconut Rice
If you will use whole chicken then
you need to start early. Wash
and cut the whole chicken into
pieces. Place the pieces in a pot;
add water till it just covers the
pieces of chicken, add the
chopped onions (2 bulbs) and 1
teaspoon of thyme and start
cooking. The cooking time
depends on the type of chicken.
The rooster or cockerel cooks
much faster than the hen. When
the chicken is almost done, add 3
Maggi / Knorr cubes and a small
amount of salt. Keep cooking till
done. Put the pieces of chicken in
a sieve to drain, then fry with
vegetable oil. You can also grill it
in an oven. This is to give it a
golden look which is more
presentable especially if you
have guests for dinner.
Now is the time to extract the
coconut milk. This is quite an
easy task if you follow the
procedure detailed inHow to
Extract Coconut Milk. Set the
coconut milk aside.
Parboil the rice using the method
detailed inparboiling rice for
cooking coconut rice
. Wash the parboiled rice and put
in a sieve so all the water drains
out.
Now, it is time to prepare the
tomato sauce. It is usually
advisable to prepare tomato
sauce before hand and keep in
the freezer. This is so that
whenever you want to cook any
jollof rice related dish, it is just a
matter of adding it to your
cooking.
Wash, blend and fry the fresh
tomatoes in vegetable oil and
chopped onions (1 medium bulb).
Remember to remove the
tomato seeds. Fry till all the
water and sour taste are gone
from the tomato puree. A well-
fried tomato puree is essential
to this Nigerian food recipe. Read
How to Prepare Tomato Stew for
details on how to make the
perfect tomato sauce.
Cooking Directions
1. Now we need a pot big
enough to accommodate
the rice till it is done. Bear
in mind that the rice will
normally rise by at least
one quarter of its quantity
from the parboiled state
to the done state.
2. Pour the chicken stock,
coconut milk and the
tomato sauce into the
selected pot. Set on the
stove to boil. Add the
drained parboiled rice, salt
and pepper to taste. The
water level should be the
same as the level of the
rice. This is to ensure that
all the water dries up by
the time the rice is
cooked.
3. Cover the pot and leave to
cook on medium heat. This
way the rice does not burn
before the water dries up.
If you parboiled the rice as
described atparboiling rice for
cooking coconut rice
, the rice should be done by the
time the water is dry. Confirm
that the rice is done by tasting
it. That’s the way coconut rice is
cooked.


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