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Spicy coconut rice

Pots 'n' Pans With Miriam Humbe

Spicy coconut rice 

Nigerian Coconut Rice is always a welcomed dish in many homes, parties or events. It’s rich coconut taste and aroma always makes my guest asking for more. 


Although it looks a lot like the Nigerian Jollof Rice, it is quite different in aroma and the ‘’coconuty’’ taste, isn’t what you get with Jollof Rice. 

Nigerian Coconut Rice can also be made plain without stews or tomatoes, making it look more like plain Boiled rice, but with the distinctive coconut taste. 


 *500g Parboiled Rice 

*150ml Tomato Stew 

*100ml Coconut Milk 

*100 ml Chicken or Beef stock

*1 medium sized Onion bulb

*Ground Crayfish(optional)

*Stock cubes/stock powder/ Seasoning  of choice 

*Pepper (to taste)

*Salt (to taste)


How to cook:

In a large pot, pour in the tomato stew, meat stock and the extracted coconut  milk and leave to boil for five minutes.

Pour in the parboiled rice to the pot, add the ground crayfish, stock cubes, pepper and salt to taste. Make sure that the liquid in the pot is at the same level as the rice in the pot, if not, add some more to top it up.

Now cover and leave the rice to cook on medium heat until the liquid in the pot is dried up.

 The rice should be properly done when there is no more liquid in the pot. Serve with the grilled/fried meat and enjoy.

Nigerian Coconut Rice is usually served with Salad, Moi Moi or Fried Plantains (dodo).


Nigerian Chapman drink


•½ cup Grenadine Syrup

•A few dashes of Angostura Aromatic Bitters™

•35 cl Fanta Orange

•35 cl Sprite

•½ an Orange

•½ a lemon

•Ice cubes

Optional Ingredient:

•Ribena Blackcurrant

To garnish:

You can add any citrus and other fruits of your choice: cucumber, strawberry, orange, lemon, lime, even bananas or the following:

•½ an orange

•½ a lemon

•½ a cucumber

Before making the Chapman

1.Make the ice cubes either with water or a mixture of the fanta and the sprite.

2.Make sure the Grenadine Syrup, Fanta and Sprite are chilling in the fridge.

3.Cut the orange and the lemon into two equal parts each then cut one half of each into thin quarters. Reserve the other halves for squeezing into the drink.


1.Put a few ice cubes in the mugs.

2.Add half a cup of the Grenadine Syrup; this should be about one third of the dimpled mug.

3.Add a few dashes of Angostura Bitters (to your taste).

4.Add a squeeze of orange and lemon each.

5.Share the Fanta equally between the two mugs, do the same for the Sprite. Remember to leave some space because the garnishings will take up their own volume.

6.Add your sliced garnishings: cucumber, orange and lemons. This list goes on and on, some people even add bananas to theirs :)

7.Top off with Ribena blackcurrant if you have it.

8.Stir with the straws and it is ready for drinking!

Enjoy it on a warm sunny day or on any special occasion with any Nigerian snack