Homemade rice & beans

Pounded yam, jollof rice and pepper soup are famous Nigerian foods. Another staple in Nigerian culinary is rice and beans. Growing up in Nigeria, rice and beans was my favourite weekend meal. In Canada, I like to enjoy my rice and beans during the cold winter months – with a little bit of zest.

Loaded with fiber, protein and iron, black eye peas are the main ingredients in Nigerian rice and beans. And if you like a meal that you can prepare in many different ways, then you’ll enjoy rice and beans. Here are two ways I prepare my rice and beans. Enjoy!

Nigerian rice & beans

Nigerian rice & beans

Beans stew with rice on the side

Ingredients:

Rice, black eye peas, fresh habanero peppers, onions, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic.

Direction:

Boil rice until fully cooked. Boil black eye peas in a pan until they are just a little bit under cooked. In a separate pan, heat up olive oil and when ready, add diced habanero peppers, onions, garlic and fresh tomatoes. Add pre-boiled black eye peas and water then stir. Cook for about 20 minutes in low-medium heat. Serve beans on a plate with a side of boiled rice.

Stir fried rice and beans (you can use the same ingredients from above)

Ingredients:

Rice, black eye peas, fresh habanero peppers, onions, fresh tomatoes, olive oil and garlic, thyme.

Direction:

Boil both rice and black eye peas together in a pan until they are fully cooked or boil both separately until they are fully cooked. Dice fresh habanero peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic. Heat a tiny bit of oil in pan and when ready, sauté diced ingredients. Stir and leave to cook for about 5mins. Then add thyme and pre-cooked rice and beans. Stir and leave to cook for about 15 minutes.

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~ by omonaij on October 28, 2012.

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