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Ghana jollof rice as main dish, coconut candy for dessert

Get ready for a culinary adventure as we delve into the tantalizing world of Ghanaian Jollof Rice. Bursting with vibrant flavors and a rich cultural heritage, this iconic dish holds a special place in the hearts and taste buds of Ghanaians and food enthusiasts around the globe.

From its aromatic blend of spices to the perfect balance of textures, Ghanaian Jollof Rice is a true feast for the senses. So, grab your apron and get ready to embark on a flavorful journey that will leave you craving for more.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins.
Total time: 1 hour.
servings: 10 People

• Two tablespoons of Ggarlic powder
• Three tablespoons of curry powder
• Two chopped onions
• One can of tomato paste
• Four tablespoons of thyme
• Two chopped onions
• 500 grams of cubed boneless beef
• Five cups of long grain rice
• Two cups of cooking oil
• Four Tablespoons of Butter
• One bay leaf
• salt to taste
• Two scotch bonnet peppers
• One teaspoon of red chili
• Two Maggi Cubes
• One tablespoon of paprika
• Four cloves of garlic
• Six medium tomatoes
• One large red pepper

1. Start by rinsing five cups of long grain white rice in a large colander until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch and ensures fluffy rice.
2. In a blender, combine diced tomatoes, onions, red peppers, two scotch bonnet peppers, and a chili pepper. Blend until smooth and set aside.
3. In a medium-sized stock pot, add cubed beef (or your preferred meat) along with chopped onions, curry powder, thyme, crushed Maggi cubes, black pepper, and a whole scotch bonnet pepper. Simmer covered over medium heat for 10 minutes to release the flavors.
4. Once the meat has browned slightly, add warm water to the pot, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes to cook the meat fully. Strain the broth from the meat and set aside both the broth and meat.
5. In a separate stock pot, heat two cups of cooking oil and fry tomato paste for a few minutes before adding sliced onions. Simmer together for two minutes, then pour in another cup of cooking oil and the tomato-pepper-onion mixture.
6. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat, cover the pot tightly, and simmer over low-medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
7. Add the washed rice to the pot and stir well before pouring in the reserved meat stock. Be careful not to overcook the rice; the goal is to steam it over low-medium heat to achieve the signature smoky flavor of Jollof rice.
8. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pot and turn the rice every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. Add a bay leaf for extra aroma.
9. Simmer the rice for a total of 30 minutes, turning it every 10 minutes.
10. In a separate pot, fry the beef until browned, then mix it with the cooked rice.
11. Finally, add four tablespoons of butter to the rice, toss everything together, and serve.
Now, sit back and indulge in the tantalizing flavors of your homemade Jollof rice. Remember to share this mouthwatering delight with family and friends, for Jollof rice is best enjoyed together, creating lasting memories and joyful moments.

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Nigerian coconut candy

Crafted from freshly grated coconuts, a touch of sugar, and a pinch of salt, Nigerian coconut delight is a cherished snack that has delighted generations.

This crispy indulgence serves as a nutritious substitute for overly sugary treats, while still satisfying your cravings for something sweet. Immerse yourself in the irresistible textures and flavors of this age-old delicacy, and let the essence of Nigeria whisk you away to a realm of pure joy.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
servings: 10 People

• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• ½ cup of sugar
• One large coconut
1. Begin by breaking the coconut. To extract the water, puncture holes in the coconut and let it drain. To crack open the coconut, locate the meeting point of the two halves and strike it repeatedly until they separate. Rotate the coconut and continue striking along the seam until it splits apart.
2. Once the coconut is open, carefully remove the flesh from the shell using a butter knife. Take your time to separate the flesh completely.
3. Next, grab a grater and shred the coconut flesh into small, fine pieces. This will give your coconut candy its desired texture.
4. Now, it’s time to enhance the flavor. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness, followed by a generous amount of sugar. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to ensure even distribution.
5. In a large dry pan over medium heat, place the shredded coconut. No oil is needed for frying. Stir the coconut frequently to ensure even cooking and browning on all sides.
6. As the coconut starts to turn golden brown, reduce the heat and continue stirring. The coconut candy is ready when it takes on a lovely golden hue and is no longer moist.
7. Before indulging in your creation, allow the coconut candy to cool. This will ensure a satisfying crunch and preserve its delightful flavor.

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Now, savor the fruits of your labor by enjoying the homemade delight of freshly made coconut candy. Share this traditional treat with loved ones and relish in the joy it brings, for every bite is a taste of Nigeria’s rich culinary heritage.

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