Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Celebrating the World Cup with food!

LekkerBek has soccer fever, and to celebrate the Ghana vs. Germany game we will be serving this hearty meal to friends and family. This tomatoey one-pot rice dish is very popular in West Africa, and especially in Ghana.

Jolof Rice (with Chicken)
Serves 4

1kg Chicken Pieces, skin on
Portuguese Spice
1 ½ Cups Spekko Long Grain Rice
2 Medium Brown Onions, chopped
1 Tbls Garlic, chopped
½ Tbls Cumin powder
½ Tbls Coriander powder
½ Tbls Paprika powder
1 Chilli, chopped (optional)
1 Tbls Sugar
1 Can Copped Tomatoes
½ Can Tomato Paste
3 Cups Chicken Stock
1 Bay Leaf
1 Baby Cabbage, Shredded
70g Green Beans
Salt & Black Pepper for seasoning
Oil for frying
Fresh Coriander for garnish

How to make it
Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pot.
Brown chicken pieces, remove, dust with Portuguese Spice and set aside.
Fry onions and garlic in pot until soft.
Add cumin, coriander, chillies and fry for 1 minute.
Add tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, sugar and chicken stock.
Stir until all the ingredients are well blended then add the chicken pieces and Bay Leaf.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
Add rice (don’t stir the pot to much at this stage, just ensure the rice is covered with liquid).
Simmer for a further 30 minutes.
Add vegetables and cook for a final 10 – 15 minutes until the veggies are soft and the chicken comes off the bone easily.
Season to taste.
Serve with fresh coriander.

Tip: You can really make this dish your own, add beef or fish instead of chicken, and use herbs of your choice for a different flavour. You can also spice it up with more chillies if you like it hot!

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