• Coconut Rice, Peppered Beef, Potato Salad and Dodo for Democracy Day

    Hello there beautiful people!

    Afrolems has missed you and for Democracy day, I came back with something extra special. My friend is moving to Calgary this weekend and I decided to give her a little (well, HUGE treat). Being a Calabar girl like me, spicy food is right up her alley. To create a balance nonetheless, I kept the potato salad and the coconut rice mild and went wild with the beef. Ah, the satisfaction of fanning myself  after indulging in a great meal. This truly was a #knockoutcombo. Enjoy!

    Coconut Rice

    1.5 cups of Rice

    1 can of coconut milk

    1 tablespoon of ground crayfish (optional)

    1/2 bulb of a small onion

    1.5 teaspoons of salt

    3 Maggi cubes

    1 tablespoon of dry pepper

    1 tablespoon of curry powder

    a pinch of thyme

    2 cups of water

    Mixed Veggies(Optional)

    Shrimp (optional)

    Raisins (optional)


    Bring your coconut milk to boil.

    Add your onions and all your seasoning

    Add your rice and stir in.

    Pour in the water and reduce the heat to a low temperature and allow the rice steam till its soft.

    Boil the shrimp separately if it’s not already cooked and add it to the rice along with the raisins if you are adding that.

    Once the rice is soft, add your mixed vegetables if you are using that, turn up the heat and stir and leave on the burner for 1 minute.

    Rice is ready!

    coconut rice afrolems nigerian food

    Peppered Beef

    1/2 pound of Beef

    8 scotch bonnet peppers

    2 garlic cloves

    1/2 bulb of onion

    2.5 Maggi Cubes

    1 cooking spoon of vegetable oil

    1 teaspoon of salt


    Wash beef and heat up the oven to 375 F and Place beef in Oven for about 25-30 minutes for it to soften.

    Take out beef from the oven and slice into tiny pieces.

    Blend the peppers, garlic and onion with as little water as possible. Just enough water to get it moving.

    In a pan, heat up your vegetable oil and pour in your pepper mixture.

    Add your seasoning and add the beef and stir fry. Once the mixture looks somewhat dry which should be less than 5 minutes, your peppered beef is ready to be served.

    peppered beef and dodo

    Potato Salad

    This was inspiration from my mum’s blog as she had potato and kilishi salad 🙂

    4 Irish Potatoes

    1 tablespoon Mayonnaise

    1 teaspoon salad cream

    1 tablespoon ketchup

    1 teaspoon italian dressing (optional)

    1 cup of cooked shrimp (chopped)

    1/4 bulb of onion chopped

    1 cup of cherry tomatoes ( the really small ones or you can just chop regular tomatoes)

    1/4 green pepper


    Boil potatoes till soft. I usually boil mine with the skin and peel off later as its easier to do it that way.

    Chop potatoes into cubes in a bowl, add the shrimp, onions, tomatoes, green peppers.

    In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, salad cream and italian dressing till its properly combined.

    Drizzle the mix over the potatoes and vegetables in the other bowl and stir in.

    Place in the fridge and serve cold.

    potato and shrimp salad


    1 finger of ripe plantain

    a pinch of salt (optional)

    1/2 teaspoon of Ginger Powder (optional)

    Oil for frying


    Cube the plantain and salt if necessary. You could also sprinkle the ginger powder at this point before frying.

    Heat up the oil and fry till golden brown.

    fried dodo


    coconut rice recipe


    Different presentation

    nigerian coconut rice


    In the above picture i made peppered chicken instead of beef


    15 comments on “Coconut Rice, Peppered Beef, Potato Salad and Dodo for Democracy Day”

    1. Autism United Reply

      All very nice sounding recipes.
      I have got to try that potato salad though. Have made gallons of potato salad over the years but have never tried with ketchup.
      Thanks for the recipes, enjoyed my visit reading today.

    2. Rosemary Reply

      Which other method can be used to soften the beef apart from baking in the oven pls.

      • afrolems Reply

        You can always boil and fry it. If you also have an outside grill, you can use that as well.

    3. Ifechi Reply

      I love ur blog and I keep making making more dishes from ur blog cos it’s simple but nice. Tanks.

    4. Eunice Duke Reply

      Thank you for all of them eye popping and salivating dishes. Need to communicate with you. Can you inbox me how??

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