• Rice and Beans

    Rice and beans is a winning combination any day. So I joined this amazing group this year on Facebook called “So you think you can cook” and there is a challenge this week to create a beans recipe. I started thinking a little too deeply about what to create, I started thinking along the lines of Puerto Rican Rice and beans or something that looks like risotto. I decided to go with a combination of both concepts in terms of looks. It is very easy and straightforward. I don’t know if this particular combination of recipe exists anywhere else but hey this was me just playing with something very simple. Oh and I added Iru (fermented locust beans) for the local nigerian flavor. This meal can be enjoyed during lunch or dinner. You can also decide to make it very spicy by increasing the scotch bonnet peppers. The pepper gives the dish a serious kick. As a Nigerian, food that is not spicy is not really food. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Recipe for Rice and Beans


    1 cup of Rice

    1 Cup of Beans

    1/2 bell pepper

    1 cooking spoon of Palm oil

    1/2 teaspoon of Iru (Fermented locust beans)

    5 pieces of smoked shrimps

    1/3 cup of  fresh shrimps

    2 scotch bonnet peppers

    1/4 bulb of onions

    1 teaspoon of salt

    Seasoning to Taste


    Blend the bell pepper and scotch bonnet pepper and set aside.

    Wash the beans and bring to boil. Once the beans is half-way cooked, wash the rice and put in the pot with the beans. Add more water if necessary.

    Chop your onions and add it to the pot with the blended peppers.

    Add your shrimps, smoked shrimps, salt, iru and seasoning.

    Add your palm oil and stir for 2-3 minutes. The texture you are going for should be almost moist. So turn off the heat after that. Serve hot.

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