The 9jafoodie Rice

9jafoodie rice

9jafoodie Rice

The second item on the 2015 christmas menu is this, possibly the best rice dish  I have ever cooked in my life.  I served the rice with the Jollof Chicken posted earlier.

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)

– Parsley

I made use of the first 2 : ½ cup green onion and 1 packed cup coriander (1 bunch) .


The 9jafoodie Rice

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Serves: 6

  • 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)
You can use any type of mince (chicken, beef or turkey) but I highly recommend sausage
Here is the sausage I used - removed from casing [/fusion_builder_column]
  1. Combine herbs, ½ onion, peppers and garlic in a food processor. Add in 1 cup of water and pulse until almost smooth. Set aside
  • Place a heavy set pan on medium high heat, add in oil and onions. Stir fry until onion is lightly browned. Add in minced meat, 1 maggi cube and some salt and pepper to taste. Continue to Stir fry until meat is completely browned (about 4 minutes)
  • Add dry rice into the minced. Continue to stir fry until the rice is completely covered and slightly toasted (about 3 minutes)
  • As you can see, I did not wash the rice. I always splurge on good quality rice for this reason. if you choose to wash your rice, please do so the night before and leave the rice to dry in a colander (strainer) overnight.
  • Add the herb blend into the rice and stir. Cover and leave to simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add in 3 more cups of water, left over knorr and more salt. Stir, taste the liquid and adjust for seasoning (it should taste AMAZING!!). Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover tightly (If the cover doesn’t have a great seal, cover the pot with foil and then a lid)
  • Allow the rice to cook for 25 minutes (20 minutes if using basmati rice or 35 minutes if using brown rice)
  • Remove rice from heat, uncover and stir.
  • Serve with Some
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    By |December 15th, 2015|32 Comments


    1. T (@testifytruth) December 13, 2016 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      Hallo 9jafoodie,

      Thanks for another great recipe, you’re saving lives without even know it!

      I am about to cook this meal in 2 days. but 1 quick question about the sausages, how did you get them from being whole in the first picture, to minced in the next picture? Did you blend them perhaps?

      Thanks again!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

        You are welcome. I used raw sausage which is pretty much like mince in casing.

    2. Ademidun May 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      What’s the name of the parboiled rice that you use? Btw I love your blog and your recipes are easy to follow!

    3. Rose March 13, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      You are such an incredible blessing to me. Can you please tell me the brand name of the rice you splurged on? Thanks a million . PS I live in the United States so
      If you can recommend one here I would appreciate it.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie March 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

        awww… happy to. I buy a brand called 404 premium from my local indian store. I have tried over a dozen brands of basmati rice and it’s the best hands down.

    4. Sylvia March 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Hello, I just found dis blog and it’s fantastic. #kipitup

    5. Charles February 4, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      9jafoodie, i usually don’t comment but i had to. Your recipes are the TRUTH! You really ought to have your own tv show on the Food Network!

    6. Nicole January 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much…I made the 9jafoodie rice and jollof chicken and my husband absolutely LOVED it!!!!! Your instructions were easy to follow (I am a horrible cook)

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie January 24, 2016 at 10:54 am - Reply

        yeiiiiiII!!! thanks for the feedback.

    7. Abbey January 10, 2016 at 10:11 am - Reply

      The rice was so delicious. Working on the Jollof Chicken now. Thank you!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie January 13, 2016 at 9:34 am - Reply

        Thanks for the feedback Abbey, I appreciate you!!

    8. Bosun January 8, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Tried this and it came out great, the paste mixture reminds me of the suya turkey mix without the yogurt…

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie January 13, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

        really?? that’s interesting. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    9. Seun January 1, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      I have tried 4 of your recipes in the last 2 days: 9naijafoodie rice, meat pie, oil free efo riro and puff-puff. ALL recipes have been easy to follow with great results!! I don’t normally comment on recipes but I decided I definitely need to this time round. Guests and family loved it all!! Looks like I found my “go to” site for exciting Naija food!! Looking forward to 2016 with 9naijafoodie!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie January 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

        This is awesome Seun! thanks for the feedback and welcome.

    10. Talla December 25, 2015 at 7:40 am - Reply

      I made 9jafoodie rice? with jollof chicken wings and i totally enjoyed it. The wings are a hit… meanwhile i bought sausages instead of minced meat (i don’t know why i thot u said sausages) i realised my mistake when i tried to stir fry the sausage and it wasn’t looking like your picture at all, anyway, i winged it and it came out wonderful. My house smells sweet right now and that’s how the rice tastes.

      I will be making this again but with minces meat to see if there will be a difference.

      Thanks for this Christmas recipes my family and friends are happy and so am i.

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 26, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

        Awwww thanks a lot for the amazing feedback. I should have said raw sausage (which is usually sold in minced form, I will clarify in the recipe). Thanks again for the comment!

    11. MaryAnne December 23, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      I tried this meal yesterday and it was totally different and nice, I am definitely making it again this weekend! Thanks for whipping it up

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        awww thanks for trying it, i am glad you enjoyed it.

    12. Jay December 22, 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Looks delicious, I’m so going to try it especially as hubby keeps saying he’s tired of the regular food. Please are green onions and spring onions one and the same? Also can I get the local name for coriander? Some of us aren’t familiar with this namesnames

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Reply

        Awesome! Yes, green and spring onions are the same. Coriander is also called parsley. Unfortunately I don’t know any traditional name for it. Help anyone?

    13. Funkr December 20, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Trying it out tonight. Didn’t get coriander so I’m using scented leaves- efinrin. Hope to get it right

    14. Estti E. December 16, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

      This looks like it will taste delicious!!!!!!! I’m definitely going to try it!!!

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

        whoop! do let me know how it turns out

    15. Sas December 15, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Wow looks delish 🙂 i do similar but use either diced bacon or cooked/dried pork. Works well

      • 9jafoodie
        9jafoodie December 15, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

        Bacon sounds dynamite! dried pork? do tell me more.

      • Vera February 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        How did it turned out with the bacon? Was is the bacon bits ( normally used for salads) or you fried bacon and cut into pieces ? If so, how did it turned out ?

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie February 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm - Reply

          Sounds like raw bacon that was chopped up.

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