HOW TO PREPARE COCONUT RICE (WHITE)

INGREDIENTS

  • 420g (~1 lb) long grain parboiled rice
  • 400 mls Coconut Milk
  • 400 ml chicken stock/broth
  • 20 small shrimps
  • 1 tatashe pepper (alternative: Tribelli peppers)
  • 1 red onion
  • A handful of diced sausage
  • 1 big seasoning cube (optional)
  • Habanero peppers (Atarodo: to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Green peas
  • Green beans

 

PROCEDURE

  • I recommend the long grain parboiled rice because it is the rice that works best with the recipe detailed on this page. It is the best rice for all Nigerian one-pot rice recipes.
  • You can use tinned coconut milk but I prefer coconut milk that I extract from the coconuts myself: How to Extract Coconut Milk.
  • You get chicken stock by cooking chicken with seasoning cubes, thyme and onions and any other seasoning of your choice. Sometimes, I prepare Peppered Chicken or Grilled/Broiled Chicken for snacking on and I save the liquid (chicken stock) from boiling the chicken for recipes like this White Coconut Rice.
  • We do not like shellfish in my home but those shrimps work well with the coconut taste.
  • I recommend red onions for this meal because it adds some colour. Apart from that, any onions will work.
  • The sausage I used here is the Spanish tasty sausage known as chorizo (hard pork sausage). You can use any other type of dense sausage including hotdogs (Satis) which are more common in Nigeria. Chorizo really adds a delicious flavour to this meal. Use it if you can.
  • The seasoning cube is optional because I already used seasoning cubes when cooking the chicken from where I got the chicken stock/broth.
  • The green ingredients (peas and beans) are for colour. Feel free to use your favourite similar ingredients.
  • If you want the coconut rice to be completely white with no single tint of colour like the one in the image above, do not use any ingredient that transfers colour. In that case, skip the tatashe peppers and hard port sausage. You can use pale looking sausages and hotdogs because they do not transfer colour.
  • If you can, prepare the White Coconut Rice with all these ingredients listed above, please do so. It is so delicious!
  1. Get some chicken stock from cooking chicken.

Parboil/Precook the long grain parboiled rice. Add it to a pot of a generous quantity of boiling water and cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. This time is for the quantity of rice stated in the list of ingredients. If yours is more, you will need more time. When done with the parboiling, you should be able to cut the grain of rice with your finger nails: no resistance or rubbery feel.

 

 

  • Long grain parboiled rice contains lots of starch and is hard. When you cook this rice as is without first of all parboiling it (especially with rice recipes where ingredients are cooked in the same pot as the rice (one-pot rice recipes), the starch content will make the rice sticky and soggy. The hard nature will hamper its absorption of water, again leading to sticky, soggy and burnt rice when you are done.
  • When we parboil/precook the rice, we reduce the starch content as some of it is poured away.
  • Precooking also softens the rice to enable it absorb water easily.
  • If parboiled correctly, the long grain parboiled rice will completely absorb the quantity of water that is at the same level as the parboiled rice. This is science. A practical example is when you want to use a bone dry rag to mop up water; what quantity of water can it absorb compared to when you are trying to mop up the water with a damp rag?
  • When happy with the rice, pour in a sieve/colander and rinse with plenty of cool water to cool it down. Leave in the sieve/colander to drain.
  • Cut the sausage into small cubes.
  • Dice the peppers and cut the green beans into about 1 inch long pieces.
  • Chop the onions.
  • Precook the shrimps and peel them or not depending on how you like them.
  • Pour the chicken stock and coconut milk into a sizeable pot. 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.
  • Add the black pepper and seasoning cube. Cover the pot and start cooking till it boils.
  • Add the precooked rice, Stir and add salt to taste. At this point the liquid should be at the same level as the rice. If not, top it up with water. If the liquid is much more than the rice, you will end up with soggy coconut rice. If you used long grain parboiled rice and you parboiled/precooked it correctly, the Coconut Rice will be done by the time the level of water dries up. There will be no need to add more water.
  • Cover the pot and start cooking on medium heat.
  • Once it boils, add the hard pork sausage. The hard pork sausage needs to be cooked but if you are using another type of sausage that does not need much cooking, add it in step 6.
  • When the water dries to exactly the same level as the rice (see video below), add the shrimps and continue cooking.
  • When the water is almost dry, add the soft ingredients: onions, green beans and green peas and the tatashe and habanero peppers.
  • Cover and continue cooking till all the water dries up. If you parboiled the rice correctly, it should be doen by now.
  • Stir with a spatula till all the ingredients are well combined. That’s it!

The White Coconut Rice is best served on its own but feel free to serve it with Steamed Leafy Veggies or any other Nigerian Rice Accessory you like.

 

Credit: AllNigerianRecipes

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UFC FIGHTER, JON JONES DROPPED FOR DOPING

Interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will no longer headline UFC 200 after failing a drugs test. The mixed martial arts fighter, 28, was due to face reigning champion Daniel Cormier, 37, in Las Vegas on Saturday. As there is not enough time to review the positive sample before Saturday, the bout has been withdrawn.

UFC president Dana White said Jones has the chance “to prove himself innocent” but said it would be “super, super disappointing” news if he is guilty. Jones tested positive in an out-of-competition sample collection by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on 16 June. White told a news conference he was not aware if the violation involved a performance-enhancing substance.

The failed drugs test is the latest setback for one of UFC’s biggest stars. Jones also tested positive for traces of cocaine prior to beating fellow American Cormier in their first meeting in January 2015. The positive test only came to light after the fight had taken place.

Then in April last year, Jones was stripped of the light heavyweight title he had held since 2011 following a hit-and-run criminal charge. He was also sentenced to 18 months probation following the incident and suspended from the UFC for several months.

He returned to competition in April this year with a victory over Ovince Saint Preux to take the division’s interim belt.

This is the second change to the UFC 200 headline fight.

Irishman Conor McGregor, 27, was due to take on American Nate Diaz, 31, in a rematch of their thrilling contest in March but that fell through.

The heavyweight fight between American Brock Lesnar and New Zealander Mark Hunt will now be the main event.

OPINION: DO BLACK LIVES STILL MATTER?

I strongly consider myself a “non-violent” person, not because I am afraid of it, but whats the use for violence when life is just a short phase in our journey through existence. Black lives do matter, as a matter of fact, all lives SHOULD matter, it doesn’t matter if you are Black, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Indian etc. As far as its a “life”, then it has to “matter”!

Yesterday, Philando Castile, 32, a black man has been shot dead by police in the US state of Minnesota and this was hours after two police officers shot Alton Sterling while he was seemingly pinned to the ground, unable to move. Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people. More unarmed black people were killed by police than unarmed white people last year. And that’s taking into account the fact that black people are only 13.2% of the US population!

I strongly believe it is a question of how young black males are perceived. How do the White American majority, see the modern day young black man? With all our songs about violence, drugs and guns. Its rare to find a White American song portray violence, really name some. Most of the time, the officers involved usually state that they perceived the victim as a threat. Perhaps, they thought he was armed or probably was reaching for a gun.

So the African American population need to work extensively, on their image and perception to the outside world. This would take some time at this rate.

However, the real threat to black lives shouldn’t be mistaken for police brutality alone. Trust me, as a modern day Nigerian, police brutality out here is way up the charts and it gets to a point where you might just be compelled to conclude that “Police Brutality”, is probably part of every society. The real threat to black lives is acts of violence perpetrated against people of colour by white people who aren’t custodians of the Law and are under no obligation to enforce law! This is what I call “Racist brutality”. I am talking of violent crimes against people of colour because of their race or the colour of their skins.

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This morning alone, I have already posted about 2 completely different Nigerians (Yoruba and Ibo), who were murdered in the UK and Italy. Fola Orebiyi, 15, was stabbed in the neck in the UK and Emmanuel Chidi Nnamdi, beaten to death with a roadsign pole, by some racist Italian guy. Apparently, these are both black people, in another man’s land, murdered without “justification” (How do you really justify murder?) and trust me, I am probably one of the few people with the opportunity to have every heard of these guys!

Why is it everytime a black person gets shot in the US, this is only when we hear about #BlackLivesMatter. Does anyone know the degree of poverty in Africa at the moment? Or don’t the Black people starving to death, have lives that matter? If not for the level of poverty in Africa, many young black people who travel abroad in search of greener pastures but had their lives cut short would be back home now, contributing to society. Learn more here

The fact is, there might not be any #BlackLivesMatter protests for Fola and Emmanuel, but I do think whatever aim, #BlackLivesMatter movement has got going is greatly defeated, if their impacts cannot be felt by other black people around the globe.