When I dreamed up this recipe, I was going to call it infused sausage rice. Simple minded me, I didn’t know I was going to be creating a masterpiece. When we finished testing this recipe and I tried it, I went to call my husband immediately; I honestly thought I was just hungry or tired and there was no way the rice tasted that good. My husband tasted it and said “this is a game changer, you have to name this rice after yourself”, so here we are. I humbly present the 9jafoodie rice, it’s honestly everything I want in one rice dish. Don’t even wait till christmas to cook this one, go and cook it now! Imagine the infusion technique of Jollof, the ever-present savory deliciousness of fried rice all crowned with fresh herbs and lightly crusty minced meat.
If I should choose my favorite personal contribution to the Nigerian Food world in 2015, it wouldn’t be the game changing roasted stew, the life changing unpeeled beans series, the impact-full cooking with microwave series, or the breakfast revolution of the Yamzza. it would be this right here, we love our rice in Nigeria and for me to be able to add to the list is just amazing. So next time you list Jollof rice, Coconut Rice, Fried Rice please include the 9jafoodie rice in there too 🙂
If you are looking for a different rice dish for the holidays, something that people will finish and ask for me; look no further. when they ask you for the recipe (and i am 1000% sure they will, kindly refer them here. after all there is love in sharing). I honestly didn’t know how delicious this was going to be when I was creating the recipe, I never “esperedit”.
There are several herb combinations that would work, pick 2-3 from these list and you are golden.
– Scallion (green onion)
– Cilantro (coriander)
– Basil (efirin)
- 1.5 cups fresh green herbs (I used 1 bunch coriander and ½ cup green onion)
- 1 large onion bulb – divided (finely mince ½)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 large green bell (tatashe) or Green Poblano pepper
- 1-2 scotch bonnet peppers (ata-rodo)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 maggi cubes
- Salt – to taste
- 3 cups rice (I used parboiled rice, see recipe note for basmati and brown rice)
- 2 cubs quality minced sausage (~5 regular size)
- Combine herbs, ½ onion, peppers and garlic in a food processor. Add in 1 cup of water and pulse until almost smooth. Set aside