10 Types of Cooked Rice Dishes

Nigerian Rice Recipes: 10 Types of Cooked Rice Dishes

Written by Aisha Zakari

Zakari Aisha Saliu is a passionate cook who loves to travel and meet new people. Her exposure to places and people is her strength in learning new recipes. She is a diverse and passionate writer on topics related to personal development, humanity, relationships, entrepreneurial skills and life in general.

July 19, 2021

You think about Nigerian food recipes and jollof rice comes to mind almost immediately, even Cardi B was excited about the Nigerian jollof rice recipes before and during her visit to Nigeria. Rice is the most common healthy staple food in Nigeria and it is consumed regularly – even daily – and it, of course, supplies us with major nutritional needs and energy.

Vastly speaking, rice can be divided into three (3) main types based on the length of the grain:

Different Types Of Rice

Short Grain Rice

These are short, almost round, and come in white and brown color. They are very starchy and stick together when cooked. This is basically the type we use in ‘tuwo shinkafa’.

Medium Grain Rice

This is the everyday type we consume. They have lower starch content compared to short-grain rice and are creamer when cooked.

Long Grain Rice

These have the lowest starch content and don’t stick together like the others. They are light and chewy. This is the Basmati type.

How To Cook Rice Using Nigerian Rice Recipes

You now know the different types of rice recipes in Nigeria but there are lists of popular Nigerian recipes that require the different types to cook. I’ll tell you which of the rice to use and tell you how to make them using Nigerian rice recipes. Isn’t that exciting? 

1. Nigerian White Rice Recipe

Nigerian White Rice Recipe

This is the simple-easy rice we consume daily but there are two methods in achieving this instant pot rice. We have the washing method and parboiled method.

Ingredients: Medium grain rice, water, oil, and salt.

Wash Method

Wash and rinse rice twice or thrice in a strainer until water is clear.

In a pot over heat; pour in water, add rice and drops of oil (this is to prevent it from clumping together)

Add salt and stir. Make sure the water reaches the level of the rice.

Cover the pot with lid and cook for 20-25 minutes or more until it becomes soft and tender.

Taste to know salt content and if need be, add more to the pot and stir. Turn off the heat and allow it to steam.

Parboiled Method

In a pot over heat; add in rice and water that reaches the level of the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

The rice will become creamy as it boils. Pick a grain to taste it. If your teeth can bite through, that’s a step to almost being ready. Chew the grain, if it is slightly soft and a bit hard, then it’s ready.

Please know that this is tricky, but as long as your fingertips do not press the grain completely, you’re safe. But if the rice is easily flattened when you press with your thumb – that would mean it is overdone. And we don’t want that because we’ll still have to cook the rice.

Drain out the rice content. Rinse using a strainer to take out the starch.

Add water over the sieve and allow it to drain.

In an empty pot; add in little water and a spoon of salt. Pour in rice and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes.

Your rice is ready. Takedown from heat.

Allow to steam. Serve with stew, egusi, or vegetables.

Enjoy!

The list of Nigerian rice recipes I’ll be writing next uses the parboiled rice method or sometimes, the washing method. Here, the raw rice is washed and poured in to get to the final desired dish.  Pick your desired choice.

If it’s the washing method; wash the rice twice or thrice, and if you wish to parboil it first, take the steps from the instant white rice method.

2. Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe

Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe

This is one of the best, most consumed at parties and Owambe. Learn how to make them with these simple steps. Also, different people have their own special methods to get their desired dish. Pick what works for you, but I’ll give you three popular methods.

Personally, I like to cook with ginger and garlic, but they are optional and so are vegetables. If using carrots and green beans, cook in water on its own till tender, or soak in boiling water for 5-10 minutes.

Method One: Tomato Stew

These are tomatoes without seasoning. Tomatoes are mostly the first base to getting our Nigerian rice recipe cooked to perfection.

Ingredients: Fresh tomatoes, tomato paste (for extra redness), seasonings, groundnut oil, onions, minced/grated ginger, and garlic.

Blend tomatoes until fine and smooth.

In a medium pot over a high pot, add blended tomatoes and cook till almost dry. You could do other things you need to as this takes time depending on the quantity of the tomatoes. Before you do this, in a bowl, pour out the tomato paste to a bowl and add in water to make a slightly watery paste.

When tomatoes dry out, add tomato paste to the pot.

Reduce heat and allow to cook or simmer.

Add oil, onions, garlic, and ginger and give this a stir.

Fry at low heat. Taste till the raw taste of tomatoes disappears.

Ensure oil separates from the stew. Reduce the oil if you want but make sure the tomatoes are well fried. Stir to avoid burning.

After preparing this, add water to the thick paste.

Add salt, seasoning cubes, curry, thyme, black pepper, and vegetables of your choice if you want to. Cover the pot and let it boil.

Wait for it to boil, have your medium grain rice ready (washed or parboiled).

Now add in the rice and allow to it cook.

Taste to know if the seasoning is needed.

Cook until the rice is soft and tender.

Method Two: Stew

This is similar to method one but this involves already made stew you must have stored in the freezer.

Fetch the desired quantity you need and pour in a pot. Allow it to cook.

Add in water and get your rice ready (of choice)

Add in your seasoning if need be. Stir it.

Pour in medium grain rice and allow to cook on medium heat.

Method Three: Tomato Paste

This involves the use of tomato paste when tomatoes aren’t available or expensive. Tomatoes have their own season, when it’s rampant and when it’s scarce.

Ingredients: Oil, pepper, tomato paste, seasoning cubes, salt, curry, thyme, onions, ginger, garlic, and vegetables (carrots, green peas, green beans)

In a pan, pour in the oil.

Add in onions, garlic, and ginger. Let fry for 30 seconds till it begins to sizzle. While waiting, empty the content of the paste in a bowl. Add in water and make a slightly watery paste.

Add blended pepper only and stir, followed by the watery paste. Be careful here because of the water, it might burn you.

Allow it to cook. Pour in the vegetables and stir them.

Add in salt, seasoning cubes, curry, thyme, and give this a stir. Taste to know if it needs more seasoning.

Pour in medium grain and allow to cook until it’s soft and tender for your enjoyment!

Jollof rice can be eaten with stew, moi-moi, coleslaw, fried meat, fried beef, Asun, snail, and chicken. Sometimes, it can be mixed with beans and spaghetti.

Just add in cooked beans/raw beans or spaghetti the same way as you add the rice till it gets soft and tender while cooking. Turn off the heat and serve. 

3. Nigerian Fried Rice Recipe

Nigerian Fried Rice Recipe

I love fried rice, but who doesn’t? It’s extra delicious. Here’s another way how to cook fried rice and make it more delicious and exciting.

Ingredients: Medium grain rice, oil, curry, green beans, green peas, pepper, carrots, sweet corn (optional), red bell pepper, green bell pepper, salt, onions, liver, ginger, garlic, seasoning cubes, thyme, chicken and shrimps (optional)

After washing liver or chicken. In a pot over heat; add water.

Add curry, salt, seasoning cubes, onion, thyme, and pepper. Allow cooking till tender. Do not discard the stock!

Wash all your vegetables and dice them. Dish out the liver and dice them too.

Cook the green beans and carrots together in water for 5 minutes or soak in boiling water for 5 minutes. It should be soft and tender.

In a pot over medium heat, drain out stock water using a sieve to remove particles i.e onions and thyme used.

Allow the stock to boil. When it boils, add in washed raw rice and stir. The stock will give the rice that distinct green fried rice look.

Let stock be at the same level as rice. If not, add in water and allow to cook.

Cool till soft and tender.

Now for the vegetables, the garnishing. Yes!

In a saucepan, pour in the oil.

When oil is hot, add onions, minced/grated ginger, and garlic. Stir and wait for that sizzle.

Add pepper, liver, and all the vegetable mixtures.

Stir and allow to cook.

Add in the rice and stir until all garnishing is incorporated.

Add seasoning if need be.

You may add fried scrambled eggs, soy sauce to this dish while cooking.

Fried rice can be served with coleslaw, chicken, suya, peppered meat, and extra: chill soda drink.

4. Stir-fried Rice Recipe

Stir-fried Rice Recipe

This is similar to the fried rice recipe but there’s a twist as your vegetables are cut in Julian stripes (long stripes) and not diced. Isn’t that great and time-efficient?

Ingredients; Medium grain rice, oil, curry, green beans, green peas, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, pepper, carrots, salt, onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, tomato paste, seasoning cubes, thyme, meat/beef or liver.

Wash liver. In a pot over heat; add water to the liver/chicken.

Add curry, salt, seasoning cubes, onion, thyme, and pepper. Allow to cook till tender. Do not discard the stock!

Wash all your vegetables and cut them in stripes. Julian stripes. Dish out the liver and dice them too.

Cook the green beans in water for 5 minutes or soak in boiling water for 5 minutes. It should be soft and tender.

In a pot over medium heat, drain out stock water using a sieve to remove picks of onions and thyme used.

Allow the stock to boil. When it boils, add in washed rice and stir.

Let stock be at the same level as rice. If not, add in water and allow to cook.

Cook until soft and tender.

In a saucepan, add in oil.

Slice onions to fry. Add minced/grated ginger and garlic. Wait for that sizzle.

Add in pepper and fry slightly.

Add soy sauce or half of the tomato paste. Turn to blend in a paste.

Add vegetables. Squeeze the seasoning cubes in.

Add salt, curry, and thyme and stir.

Add rice and give this another stir. Reduce the heat and allow the rice to cook till soft and tender.

Serve and enjoy these stripes.

5. Nigerian Coconut Rice Recipe

Nigerian Coconut Rice Recipe

Nigerian rice recipes definitely took a level up when coconuts got incorporated into our dish. This is how to make them.

Ingredients: Long grain rice, coconut milk, water, salt.

In a pot over medium heat, combine rice, canned coconut milk, water, and salt. Bring to boil and cook till soft and tender, say 18-20 minutes.

Remove from heat. 

Enjoy this as it has the goodness of coconut or enjoy it with stew. If not, make your own coconut jollof rice using the above Nigerian rice recipe but don’t forget to add in coconut milk.

6. Yellow Turmeric Rice Recipe

Yellow Turmeric Rice Recipe

As the name implies – yellow… That’s it, the recipes for it make it coloured. This Nigerian rice recipe can be eaten with stew or with vegetable garnishing.

Ingredients: Medium grain rice, curry, carrots, green beans, green peas, seasoning cubes, salt, curry, thyme.

In a pot, parboil rice by adding curry to water. Allow to cook and drain out starch content.

In a pot; add salt to the water. Add rice and cook until soft and tender. 

It can be served and enjoyed with stew.

For vegetables: in a saucepan, add in oil.

Add onions, ginger, and garlic. Stir, and wait for that sizzle.

Add tender diced vegetables and fry till cooked.

Add in seasoning – salt, curry, and thyme. 

And that’s it. But if you want to, add in fish or diced suya. Or serve as a side dish with yellow rice. Enjoy!

7. Hausa Rice Recipe For Masa/Waina

Hausa Rice Recipe For Masa/Waina

This is a special Northern Nigeria recipe. It is served with stew and meat. It is mostly eaten for breakfast.

Ingredients: Short grain rice, medium grain rice, onions, sugar, salt, oil, yeast, and baking powder.

Soak short-grain rice overnight, or for 3-8 hours.

Then also cook medium grain rice until it is soft.

Pour soaked rice into a blender and add cooked medium grain rice. This helps to make it soft and fluffy.

Add onions (this is for an after taste), sugar, yeast, salt, a small amount of water, and blend. Blend until it gets smooth, fine, and thick.

Transfer to a bowl when done. Leave to rise for 30 minutes or more.

Add baking powder and give this a stir.

On heat, prepare your masa pan to get this Nigerian rice recipe ready.

Add oil to the masa pan, scoop out the desired quantity, and fry.

Flip to the other side when bubbles begin to appear. 

Cook the other side till done. Take out when ready.

Serve. Enjoy!

8. Recipe For Tuwon Shinkafa

Recipe For Tuwon Shinkafa

This is another Northern Nigeria rice recipe, however, it is popularly known across the country. It is served with groundnut soup, miyan kuka, miyan taushe, and alternatively stew. This rice recipe will teach you how to cook tuwon shinkafa,

Ingredients: Short grain rice ( for its stickiness and starch content) or medium-grain rice.

In a pot over heat; add in washed short-grain rice. Make sure you completely drain the water out of the rice.

Add water again and boil the rice.

Keep an eye on this to avoid burning. Cook until the rice clusters together.

If you have a hand mixer, transfer to a bowl and give this a good mix. If you don’t, use a paddling stick/wooden ladle to get this done. Put your arms to work here.

Ensure the rice sticks together and is thick to make balls. It will look soggy, mushy and ensure your fingers can press it. That’s how we know it’s really soft and done.

If you don’t have a thick paste, this is when you add in medium grain cooked rice. Cook this rice until soft and tender, almost overdone.

Incorporate into the mixture and give this a good turn using the mixer or your stick/ladle.

Continue to mold and fold this mixture until it is well mixed. Make sure it begins to form balls.

Wrap this to give it an extra molded round shape. 

And it is ready to be best served with the suggested soups, or stew.

And if you are looking for more Hausa food recipes, check out other Northern Nigerian Foods Everyone Must Try At Least Once.

9. Pineapple Rice Recipe

Pineapple Rice Recipe

This is a tropical Nigerian rice recipe. You know we like to take it up a notch so this is how to make this recipe.

Ingredients: Long or medium grain rice, eggs, oil, green peas, green beans, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, diced pineapples, ginger, garlic, seasoning cubes, curry, thyme, soy sauce, and salt.

In a pan, heat oil to fry eggs and remove from heat when done. Make scrambled eggs here.

In a pan again, heat oil to fry onions, ginger, and garlic. Wait for that sizzle.

Add vegetables and stir fry for 3-5 minutes. Remember to cook the green beans and carrots or soak them till soft and tender.

Add in parboiled rice, soy sauce, salt, cubes, thyme, curry, and cook the rice.

Add in diced pineapples and scrambled eggs. Stir, and it is ready to be served. 

Enjoy!

10. Recipe For Rice Pudding

Recipe For Rice Pudding

Thinking of a quick breakfast that’s not custard but thick and creamy? Try this Nigerian rice recipe then.

Ingredients: Short grain rice, milk, salt, eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract.

In a pot over high heat, bring milk, salt, and rice to boil. Allow to cook.

Pay attention here, milk makes the rice rise over to the top of the pot and could pour. Be on standby when preparing this Nigerian recipe.

Reduce heat and allow to cook till tender for 20-25 minutes.

In a different bowl, mix eggs and sugar using a whisk.

When rice is soft and tender, scoop a spoon of rice into the egg mixture and give a quick mix. Keep doing this gradually until it is well incorporated.

Return rice-milk-egg mixture on very low heat and cook for 5-10 minutes to thicken. Be careful so they don’t curdle because of the eggs.

Remove from heat, add in vanilla extract. Stir, serve and enjoy!

And Voila!

Remember, there is a type of rice to use for different Nigerian rice recipes, with much starch content and there are those with less. It all depends on what you want to make. Rice is very versatile as it is capable of doing many things – not just using Nigerian rice recipes but people use rice water for skincare and haircare treatment.

You might also be interested in These 12 Foods That Are Good For Your Eyes!

 Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.

Mitch Hedberg.

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  1. maryambappa

    Yummy. I love rice and I am glad I read this

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