There are some Sundays like today when all I want is to have quick good meal.

I want real food, but real great food.

So, if you are like me, here are some quick and great meal ideas for your Nigerian self.

 

  1. Coconut Shrimp Rice

You can make this in 25 mins and the recipe below, serves 4 people.

Ingredients 
1 cup rice
2 coconuts (milk from nuts)
1 lb shrimp
Salt and pepper
1⁄2 cup diced tomatoes
1⁄2 cup shredded carrot

Directions
1. Cook rice with coconut milk instead of water.
2. Add the shrimp, salt, and pepper.
3. At the last minute add the tomatoes and carrots.

Note: You can add as much spice as you would like (E.g curry, thyme, onions powder and many more). Measurement(units) is in US.

Source: Genius Kitchen.com

 

2. Spaghetti

This delicious meal spaghetti meal will be done in 20 mins.

Ingredients

Spaghetti: The quantity you can wrap between your thumb and index finger.
5-6 normal cuts of beef
500g vegetables:
Cabbage
Green Pepper
Carrots
Green peas
Green beans
600 mls (20 fl. oz.) Tomato Stew
Pepper and salt (to taste)
1 medium onion
2-3 stock cubes
1 teaspoon thyme

Before you cook:
1. Make some Tomato Stew if you do not have any.
2. Break the spaghetti into short pieces. I usually break one strand of spaghetti into three pieces.
3. Cut the beef into small pieces. It is best to buy the part of beef that has streaks of fat in it. This greatly improves the taste of this recipe.
4. Wash and cut the cabbage, green pepper and green beans into small pieces. Also wash, scrape and cut the carrots into tiny pieces. Cut the onions into small pieces and remove the green peas from the pods. If you will use tinned green peas, simply drain the preservation water and rinse with some fresh water.

Directions
1. Cook the beef with the onions, thyme and stock cubes (Maggi or Knorr).
2. While the meat is cooking, start cooking the spaghetti in a generous amount of water.
3. When the beef is done, add the Tomato Stew. Add the vegetables, salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 5 minutes.
4. When the spaghetti is done to your personal preference, drain the water and pour the mixture of beef stock and tomato stew you prepared earlier into the pot of spaghetti. Stir well, cover and leave to stand for about 5 minutes.
5. The Spaghetti Surprise is ready to be served.

Source: All Nigerian Recipes

 

    3. Yam Pepper Soup

Although pepper soup is an appetizer, it can be made into a main meal by adding staple foods such as yam, potatoes, plantain or even rice.

This would take approximately 45 mins and can be lesser depending on your choice of protein.

Ingredients

1.5kg (3.3 lbs) assorted beef or any choice of protein (chicken, fish, e.t.c).
1kg yam (white puna yam) or potatoes
3 teaspoons ground ehu seeds (Calabash nutmeg, ariwo)
Scent leaves (Nchuanwu, Efirin)
2 onions
Habanero or chilli pepper (to taste)
2 big seasoning cubes
Salt (to taste)

Before you cook Yam Pepper Soup:

1. Peel and cut the yam tuber into medium cubes. Rinse and set aside.
2. Peel and grind the ehu seeds with a dry mill.
3. Slice the onions, scent leaves and the pepper.
4. Cut the beef into bite sizes.

 Directions
1. We start cooking the toughest meat first that is the cow tripe. Put in a pot, add the seasoning cubes and one of the onions (diced).
2. Pour water to cover the contents and start cooking on medium heat. Keep an eye on it and top up the water when necessary.
3. After 30 minutes, add the fleshy part of beef and continue cooking.
4. After 15 minutes, add the heart and the kidney, yam cubes, the second onion (diced), salt and continue cooking. Add water to the same level as the contents of the pot if necessary.
5. When the yam is soft and a little porridge starts to form, add the sliced pepper and the scent leaves.
6. Stir, cover and cook for 2 minutes and it is done!

Source: All Nigerian Recipes

 

4. Plantain and Eggs or Plantain Omelette

If you are so hungry and can’t spare any extra minute, go ahead and make yourself friend plantain and omelette. However, if you can spare some extra minutes, make this lovely plantain omelette.

Ingredients

1 ripe plantain
2 eggs
1 frankfurter (Satis)
½ a tomato
½ an onion
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons green peas
A few leaves leafy vegetables
Vegetable oil
Habanero pepper (optional)

Before you prepare Plantain Pie
1. Peel and slice the plantain into thin discs (see video). Fry till golden and set aside.
2. Slice the onions, habanero pepper (if using it) and the leafy vegetables. 3. Cut the frankfurter and tomato into small pieces.
3. Break the eggs, beat, add the salt and mix very well.

Directions

1. Fry the onions in a small quantity of vegetable oil for 1 minute.
2. Add the tomato, frankfurters and green peas and fry for 2 minutes.
3. Pour the result into the egg, add the sliced leaf vegetables and stir.
4. Heat a small quantity of vegetable oil and pour the egg mix from step 3 into the pan such that the mix is well spread out to cover the pan.
5. Reduce the heat to very low and once the edge of the omelette cakes, lay the fried plantains flat on the omelette to cover it.
6. Shake your frying pan from time to time and once the plantain omelette cakes all over, gently transfer it to a flat plate,

Slice up like pizza and enjoy with other breakfast dishes.

Source: All Nigerian Recipes

 

5. Stir Fry

This dish is popularly called the National (Nigerian) Stir-fry. Lol. It lives up to its name.

Ingredients

1 kg meat
1 Ripe Plantain
3 coloured peppers (green, red, yellow)
4 big mushrooms
2 onions (1 should be red onion)
3 teaspoons suya pepper (or to your taste)
1 teaspoon Nigerian curry powder
½ teaspoon thyme
1 big stock cube
1 cooking spoon vegetable oil
Salt (to taste)

Notes:
1. For a low carb version, skip the ripe plantains.
2. Feel free to use your favorite parts of beef when preparing the Nigerian Stir-fry. Other meats can be included too, especially meats that have a rubbery texture. Do check the original recipe for more meat ideas.
3. Use ripe but firm plantains for this meal.
4. The job of the red onion is to add color to the stir-fry. If you cannot buy it where you live, use any onion.
5. Nigerian curry powder is not the Indian curry powder. Popular brands include Ducros and Lion.

Before you cook:
1. Rinse and slice up the vegetables, 1 onion (preferably red onion for color), plantain, mushroom and meats as shown below. Click each image to enlarge.
2. Cut the other onion into 4 chunks.

Directions
1. Cook the meats with the stock cube, the chunks of onion and as small quantity of water as possible, starting with the toughest meat. So cook the shaki for sometime then add the heart and gizzards and cook till done.
2. When the meats are cooked, separate from the stock/broth and set aside. Use the stock to mix the suya pepper, thyme and curry powder. You can also use water. The quantity of the stock/broth or water you will use for the mixing depends on how much sauce you want in the stir-fry. To play it safe, mix the aforementioned ingredients with as little liquid as possible, then add more liquid during the frying.
3. Deep-fry the plantains till golden and set aside.
4. Pour the vegetable oil into a pan, pot or wok and once it heats up, add the cooked meats and fry till they start to brown like shown in the video below. If you are using a shallow frying pan, you will need to fry the ingredients in several batches. In that case, divide the oil and other ingredients accordingly.
5. Once the meats start to brown, add the mushroom and onions and fry for 2 minutes.
6. Add the colored peppers and fry for 2 minutes.
7. Add the suya pepper, curry powder and thyme mix and stir very well. Add more stock at this time if you wish.
8. Add the fried plantains and stir very well.
9. That’s it!

Source: All Nigerian Recipes

 

Sunday Recipe 🍲: 5 Quick & Easy Nigerian Meals

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