I love rice. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m sure I’m not the only African who does. I would eat rice everyday, if the parboiled variety I usually eat didn’t turn to simple carbohydrates, than to sugar, than to my weight control nightmare. I digress. One of my favorite rice dishes is Jollof Rice. You can’t go wrong with Jollof Rice in my book. At least with the Nigerian version. With the Ghanaian version, I’m not so sure. However, in an effort to eat healthier, I’ve been trying to substitute my rice based meals with black rice (forbidden rice). Black rice has similar nutritional value as brown rice, but the flavor and texture is so much better. I’ve only mastered African Black Fried Rice (my recipe coming soon), thus far, because the nutty taste of the black rice complements the curry flavor of traditional African fried rice so well. On my quest to incorporate black rice into my diet, I’ve been mulling over recipes and these 3 enticed my taste buds. They may not be the most Afrocentric meals, but these recipes use some common ingredients found in African kitchens, so give them a try.
I think Salmon is an underrated fish in our kitchens. Although, it’s so tasty and good for us. Instead of the usual Croaker or Talapia, interject more Salmon into your diet with this recipe. You’ll thank yourself for adding more healthy Omega 3’s into your diet.
At parties, do you ever mix your Jollof Rice with a little bit of salad to give you a burst of flavors and textures? Is that just me? I love mixing a bit of rice with my salad, it’s breaks up the inevitable monotony of each dish if always eaten alone. So, this may not taste like Jollof Rice mixed with salad and goat meat. But with Sirloin steak, chilis, onions, tomatoes and oil included in this recipe, at least your taste buds are familiar with the combination. Try this too. You may end up adding it to your roster.
Yam and eggs will still have a special place in my heart for breakfast, but yam can be a bit heavy for me at times. I prefer to substitute sweet potatoes when I can. I’ve even mastered a Sweet Potato Asaro (recipe coming soon) that does my taste buds and waist line justice.
This recipe is sweeter than the usual savory yam dishes you may be familiar with, but a little experimenting won’t hurt.
Have you tried Black Rice before?