How to Cook Brown or Ofada Rice Perfectly

Boiled Ofada : Brown Rice

Boiled Brown/Ofada Rice

Ho brown rice, the less attractive but very necessary and healthy sister. We know you will never be white, we know we will never truly enjoy you the same way, but alas we eat you anyway because you are better for us. We appreciate your goodness brown rice. lol.

I eat a lot of brown rice, it honestly almost as delicious as white rice if it’s cooked right. Most people often have issues with the texture but that can easily be fixed by just cooking it right. I have several brown rice recipes on the website including this Jollof Brown rice recipe which has rave reviews!

Wait, while I am doing this post. Let me quickly answer some frequent rice related questions that I get:

Is basmati rice good for weight loss? : I always assume this is regarding comparative calories. The simple answer is no. White basmati rice vs parboiled rice have very comparable calorie content. Depending on the brand, the caloric difference is often less than 10. However if we look from a glycemic load perspective, it’s a slightly better choice.

Is ofada rice the same as brown rice: the simple answer is  it depends. What makes rice brown, is simply the exterior coating known as bran being intact. Any type of rice can be either white or brown, it’s simply a matter of whether the bran has been removed or not. I have seen brands on Ofada rice where the bran is predominantly intact (you will notice lots of redish/brownish coverings on the rice grains), I have also seen brands where majority of the bran has been removed.

Is brown rice better: absolutely, brown is always better. You get more nutrition from whole grains than you do from processed foods. On weight loss, it’s also a much better option as it increases satiety (feeling of fullness) due to the high fiber content. The body also has to do more work to convert into available energy. To keep things simple, you actually burn more calories eating brown rice than you do with white rice. This being said, brown rice should be consumed in very small amount. Carbohydrate rich foods like rice, pasta, yam, potatoes etc should never make up more than 40% of your plate. That will be around 1-2 cups of cooked rice depending on your personal requirement.

Any other question? please leave it in the comment form below.

Here is my tested and trusted method of cooking brown rice. It can be used for ofada rice as well.


  • 2 cups of rice
  • Water – lots


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil on high heat. Wash then add in the rice. Reduce heat to medium and allow the rice to boil uncovered for 30-35 minutes

How to cook Ofada Rice

  • Remove from heat. Quickly drain the rice to remove all the water (you should probably use a colander).
    • Note: you want to do this quickly and move on to the next step. The rice has to be hot and steaming when it goes back into the pot.

Cooking brown rice ofada

  • Pour drained rice back into the pot and season with some salt. Return the pot to the stove and cover it tightly. Allow the rice to rest for 10-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Boiling ofada brown rice

And there you have it, fluffy brown rice that isn’t mushy or unevenly cooked.


Quick Recipe Idea – Fried Ofada Rice

Ofada Stir fry

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups cooked brown Ofada rice
  • Precook meat or smoked fish
  • 6 raw shrimps – cleaned
  • 1 maggi cube
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped  onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cooking spoon stew base
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Pan fried Ofada


  • Place a large skillet on high heat. heat up the oil. Add in shrimps and onions. stir fry for 2 minutes. Remove shrimps and set aside

Ofada Stir fry

  • Add in stew base, cooked meat, maggi, salt and pepper. stir. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes

Ponmo - shaki - shrimp - Ofada

  • Stir in the rice and green onion. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Pan Fried rice

Serve rice garnished with cooked shrimps. Enjoy!!!

Stir Fried Ofada Rice

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By |November 23rd, 2015|14 Comments


  1. Viva March 1, 2017 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Hello, pleaaaase, what about the smell? Hoe can I make that go away? the ones sold at eateries don’t smell so bad, pls help

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

      Wash it properly before you start boiling and again half way through.

  2. Teri July 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Hello there, when you return the rice to the stove, do you turn down the heat?

  3. Mercy June 20, 2016 at 3:14 am - Reply

    It’s great to have such an intelligent personnel like you in Nigeria… Thumbs up!

  4. Mimi December 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    I really do not know what to say because thank you doesn’t do it but I will just say THANK YOU! My picky 3 year old ate brown rice!!!!!!!! I repeat. My picky 3 year old ate brown rice all because I followed your method and it was amazing. I pray God blesses you more than you can imagine.
    This is a big deal to me because I want white rice to be history in my house and you are making it happen. You rock

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      AWWWWWW, THIS IS SO GREAT TO READ! amen amen amen. I am so glad she ate it.

  5. Nma November 29, 2015 at 3:59 am - Reply

    So you don’t parboil? U start this from raw? Was thinking to boil and wash first.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 29, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      There is no need to parboil. simply wash the rice and boil.

  6. Estti E. November 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I really really enjoyed this post. thank you for simplifying and clearly explaining the difference between brown rice and other kinds of rice. your blog is fantastic!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      awwwww.. thanks a million for the kind words.

  7. chinyere November 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the post. Was really enlightening. A bit confused though; do you add water when you return it to the pot the second time, and how much of yes?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

      No, you don’t add water. the retained steam will continue to soften the rice. Please let me know how it turns out when you try it 🙂

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