Rice features greatly at any Nigerian party or event; jollof, fried or plain boiled rice. They are straight forward to make and are popular. Nobody would turn down a rice dish.
- Rice (preferably short grain variety)
- Onions (finely chopped)
- Green pepper (finely chopped)
- Red pepper (finely chopped)
- Locust beans (finely chopped. To reduce the pungent smell, rinse in some cider vinegar.)
- Pre-made ata dindin sauce
- Chicken stock
- Curry powder
- Seasoning salt
- Coconut oil
- Finely shredded ugu leaves for garnish
- *Small pieces of cooked chicken or prawns to hide in the middle of each rice ball (optional)
- Wash the rice and cook in some chicken stock until soft. In a separate pan, stir fry the onions, peppers and locust beans in some coconut oil. Add seasoning salt, thyme and curry powder.
- Stir all ingredients around to avoid burning, also you can sprinkle some stock or water as well.
- Once the onions have soften, add some pre-made ata diddin or any other chilli sauce of your choice.
- Then add all into the cooked rice and stir in to distribute all ingredients evenly. This process will help to mash the rice a little which is desired to enable the rice to mould and hold as balls.
- Once all ingredients are evenly mixed into the rice, use an ice-cream scoop to make balls or mould by hand.
- If using, remember to place a piece of chicken or prawn in the centre of each ball. Serve with some ata dindin.