Coconut Rice

Savor this delightful 9ja Coconut Rice, a fusion of Ofada brown rice, creamy coconut milk, and colorful veggies. Aromatic spices elevate this plant-based dish, offering a satisfying and flavorsome taste of Nigerian cuisine.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Brown rice (Ofada)
  • 1 can (400ml)
    Coconut milk
  • 1 cup
  • 1 medium
    Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves
    Garlic minced
  • 1
    Red bell pepper diced
  • 1
     Green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup
    Green peas
  • 10 g
    Fresh Oyster mushroom diced
  • 1 tbsps
    Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp
    Curry powder
  • 1 tsp
  • Salt adjust to taste
  • Pepper adjust to taste


  1.  Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat the coconut oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the chopped onion, diced mushroom and minced garlic.

  3. Sauté for two minutes.

  4. Stir in the curry powder, thyme, and chilli pepper.

  5. Pour the coconut milk and water, then add the rinsed rice. Stir everything together.

  6. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a low heat, cover the pot and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

  7. Add the green peas when the rice is almost cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Simmer for another 5-7 minutes or until the rice is tender and the peas are cooked.

  8.  Add the diced red and green bell peppers to the pot.

  9. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt, pepper, or spices to suit your preference.

  10. Once the rice is fully cooked, remove it from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

  11. Serve your delicious 9ja Coconut Rice hot and enjoy!


Ensure to rinse the Ofada brown rice thoroughly until the water runs clear and no stones before using it in this recipe. Enjoy this dish as a standalone delight, or pair it with your favourite Nigerian sides for a complete and wholesome meal.


Courses: Nigerian Meals
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Nigeria Coconut Rice, Ofada brown rice, Plant-based recipe
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Rice dish
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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