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Concoction rice has been on the Nigerian food scene for ages but it was a meal I didn’t really care about because I saw so many versions of it that I didn’t really like nor enjoyed. Some where just made up of palm oil and pepper with a little crayfish and seasoning. I just didn’t get it so it was not on my list of favorite meals until I told myself to look into it and modify it.

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I decided to go for basmati rice, swapped the palm oil for vegetable oil and instead of making it a one pot meal, I made it a stir fry. ? You know where I am going right? I brought in the Asian way of cooking, using an African recipe. God bless Asians and their techniques. Boy it was so good! It tasted like nothing I had tasted before and had more depth than the usual concoction rice. You should try this. Damnnn! You should!!! ?

Let’s get the pots and pans rocking!

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Cook basmati rice until it is almost done. See how to cook the Perfect Basmati Rice here. After cooking, spread it on a tray to cool down to avoid clumps.

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Steam smoked fish with some salt until it is soft. This does two things. It kills germs and softens the fish, infusing some salt into the fish.

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Slice the veggies. In a pre-heated frying pan, add some vegetable oil and toss in the vegetables. Stir fry for a few minutes.

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Add blended crayfish powder, some cayenne pepper, seasoning cubes and some salt to taste. Blend it all properly.

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Add the fish, prawns and some fish stock to add some fluidity to the sauce. Fry for a few minutes.

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Now, add the cooled basmati rice and blend in nicely. Season some more if needed.

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This is the slightly browned lovely concoction rice you get. Isn’t it Pretty? ?

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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups basmati rice (steamed)
  2. 1 medium sized onion (sliced)
  3. 5 habanero pepper (sliced)
  4. 5 stalks of spring onions (sliced)
  5. 1 medium sized smoked fish (cut to bits and steamed with salt)
  6. A handful of dried prawns (steamed with salt)
  7. 2 heaped tablespoon dried ground crayfish
  8. 2 cooking spoon vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  10. Seasoning cubes
  11. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. 1. Steam basmati rice.
  2. 2. Slice the onion, spring onions, habanero peppers.
  3. 3. In a frying pan, add the vegetable oil and then the vegetables, stirfry for a few minutes.
  4. 4. Add crayfish, cayenne pepper, seasoning and some salt. Allow to stay for 2 minutes over flame.
  5. 5. Pour in the fish, prawns and some fish stock. Fry for a few minutes.
  6. 6. Add the cooled basmati rice and blend in nicely. Heat up to let it absorb moisture and flavour. It will colour nicely and smell divine.
By: Matse