Fried rice 

Experience a rich and aromatic Nigerian-inspired Brown Fried Rice made with Abakaliki rice, vibrant vegetables, and enticing spices. The careful parboiling of brown rice enhances its nutrition, while sautéed onions, garlic, and a blend of spices create a delightful, satisfying plant-based meal.

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


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Brown rice (Abakaliki rice)
  • 4 cups
  • 2 tbsps
    Olive oil
  • 1
    Onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves
    Garlic minced 
  • 1/2 tsp
    Turmeric paste 
  • 1
    Green chilli pepper diced
  • 1 cup
    Mixed vegetables (carrots, sweet corn, and green beans)
  • 1/4 cup
    Cooked and diced plant-based meat (optional)
  • 1 tsp
    Curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • Salt Adjust to taste


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

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, turmeric paste and minced garlic. Sauté the mixture until it is translucent.

  3. Add the green chilli peppers, mixed vegetables, and diced plant-based meat (optional).

  4. Add the partially cooked rice to the skillet and stir well to combine with the vegetables and Vchunks.

  5. Continue to stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes, ensuring the rice is well coated with the seasonings.

  6. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. You can add more spices according to your preference.

  7. Remove it from the heat once the Fried Rice is fully cooked, tender and well-seasoned.

  8. Serve hot as a side dish with your favourite plant-based protein.


Exercise caution when cooking the Abakaliki rice to ensure it’s not overcooked during the initial parboiling, as achieving a slightly undercooked state is crucial for the final texture.


Courses: Nigerian Meals
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: Brown rice and vegetable stir-fry, Plant-based Fried Rice
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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Bola Adeyanju