Updated: Apr 19
Ofada rice is a traditional Nigerian rice dish made with a local rice variety and served with a spicy stew made with a blend of peppers and assorted meats. Here's a detailed recipe for ofada rice with all the necessary information including calorie intake, healthy alternatives, kitchen equipment, and ingredients that can be purchased on Amazon.
Ofada Rice Recipe
2 cups of ofada rice
3 cups of water
Salt to taste
Assorted meats (beef, tripe, cow skin, and/or chicken)
1 onion, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 habanero peppers, chopped
2 scotch bonnet peppers, chopped
1/2 cup of palm oil
1/2 cup of locust beans (iru)
1 tablespoon of crayfish
1 teaspoon of thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse the ofada rice thoroughly in cold water and drain.
In a pot, add the rinsed rice and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender. Add salt to taste.
In another pot, cook the assorted meats with chopped onions, thyme, salt, and pepper until tender.
In a blender or food processor, blend the chopped red bell peppers, habanero peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers until smooth.
In a pan, heat the palm oil and add the locust beans. Stir for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the blended pepper mixture to the pan and stir. Let it cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
Add the cooked meats and crayfish to the pan with the pepper sauce. Stir well and let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
Serve the ofada rice hot with the spicy meat sauce.
1 serving of ofada rice (1/2 cup) contains about 180 calories
1 serving of the spicy meat sauce (1/2 cup) contains about 320 calories
Healthy Ingredient Alternatives:
Use brown rice instead of ofada rice for a healthier option.
Use lean cuts of meats like skinless chicken breast or turkey instead of beef or cow skin for a lower fat option.
Add a variety of vegetables like chopped carrots and green beans to the spicy meat sauce for added fiber and nutrients.