Coming from an African background I have often been fascinated with the use of wine in cooking.
|Funke Koleosho's Risotto Style Spicy Coconut & Mushroom Rice|
I am only a social drinker and do not really drink that often but I have to confess there are some wines which I quite enjoy to drink especially for their rich, sweet and fruity flavours. Most times that I explore Italian or French cuisines and I encounter the use of wine, I would wonder how I could possibly cook some of my favourite Nigerian dishes using some of my favourite wines.
Apparently, the use of wine actually does help to develop tastes and flavours in the dish. You don't have to worry about getting drunk as the alcohol evaporates during cooking, leaving the much desired flavours characteristic of the wine you use. It is therefore really important for you to choose only the wine you actually would enjoy drinking, in your cooking!
Anyhow, I have concluded in my mind that the use of wine in traditional Nigerian cooking will be a "heinous" crime as I think the wine will cause "total damage"!!! In fear of not wanting to be pronounced guilty by the die hard traditional Nigerian foodies for tampering with their much loved traditional foods, I came up with a fusion dish of sort, taking ideas from Italy, Asia and of course Nigeria.
The result is a dish which looks and tastes like risotto, using an ingredient quite often used in Asian cuisine, and regionally used in Nigeria......coconut milk.
You must try it... no meat or fish required, simple, comforting and healthy! Suitable for vegetarians.
|What you need|
What to do
You will make this dish in 2 stages.
Stage1: Prepare the spicy base sauce
Blend the plum tomatoes (with the juice), pepper, scotch bonnet chilli (if using), and onion using a blender. Then heat about 50-70ml of coconut oil in a sauce pan and add the blend, 500ml of stock and stir. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes under high heat. Then turn heat down and simmer for a further 10-15 minutes or until sauce thickens or is reduced. Taste and adjust salt. Set aside.
Stage 2: Cook the rice