Nothing says Traditional African recipes like Liberian dry rice. It is one of the best plant based foods eaten in Western Africa. Liberian dry rice with red oil is an easy, one-pot weekend meal or a whole week meal prep recipe. I love it because it has minimal ingredients and the resulting flavors make my heart sing! This makes it part of our affordable food recipes. If you love popular African recipes as we do, read on to learn more about this traditional Dry Rice with Palm oil.
What is it?
Traditional African recipes need traditional ingredients. This fresh recipe uses brown rice with African eggplant (aka kittely), boiled okra, and bennehseeds spices. Based on availability, you can use fresh, dried, or frozen kittely. Sesame seeds (aka benneh seeds) are also toasted for this recipe, bringing in some crunch and nuttiness. Never knew these ingredients put together could taste so luxurious! Making one of the best plant based foods. Dear world, wake up to this deliciousness nah!
Food evokes emotion. And this lifestyle is making me appreciate those heightened sensations that dishes like this communicate. This dish is, like our Gari, considered a “poor man’s food” by some people (oh ignorance!). It is one of our affordable food recipes. But affordable doesn’t mean less tasty! The flavors made me want to cry out of happiness, a ping of good memories and rebirth. Why do some people underestimate food? I wonder. For more amazing Liberian dishes like Liberian dry rice, be sure to subscribe to our free newsletter. Get in while it is free ooo.
Benefits of Liberian dry rice
African eggplant: This plant originated from West Africa and eventually spread around the world. You may wonder why, considering its bitter taste that worsens as it ripens. But this plant actually has its benefits, good enough to put it in Popular African recipes. African eggplant contains calcium that strengthens bones. Its fiber also helps with blood sugar control. According to Mayoclinic, fiber also helps maintain bowel movements and lowers cholesterol levels.
Red palm oil: Palm oil is made from the flesh and seed of the African oil palm fruit. Red palm oil specifically, is unrefined. That makes it healthier than refined oil as it still holds all its nutrients. Research shows that red palm oil is a good source of vitamin E. Enough Vitamin E helps your cells function, also keeping your immune system in good condition. Red palm oil also promotes the absorption of Vitamin A, critical to eye health.
Rice: Rice is a great source of healthy carbs. Lots of traditional African recipes include rice because of its health benefits and versatility. It is one of the best plant based foods because of this, as well as its protein content and fiber. For a more in-depth look at the benefits of rice, as well as cooking tips, you can see our article here.
Okra: okra is a great ingredient for affordable food recipes. In some (possibly a lot of) African countries, you can find it sold by street vendors at great prices. It is not only used in Popular African recipes but it is popular worldwide. This small plant is packed with nutrition, but be careful not to eat too much. Medicalnewstoday states that the fructans in okra can cause gastrointestinal problems, such as gas and cramping.
The same source says that one of the many benefits of okra is its folate. They say folate is important in preventing fetal problems in pregnancies. And there is research linked to it having preventative effects on breast cancer. We have plenty of okra recipes at your disposal here. Be sure to check them out!
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- 3 Cups Brown Rice
- ½ Cup Kittely (optional)
- 1 Habanero
- 5 Okra (cleaned)
- 2 Cups Vege Broth (or 1 vege cube)
- 1.5 Cup Water
- ¼ Cups Sesame Seeds
- ½ Tsp Salt
- Palm oil
- Season your plant protein and fry until golden. We used tofu, and fried it in avocado oil, at medium-high heat. Feel free to use a protein of your choice.
- Once fried, take it out. Drain the excess oil on a towel.
- Move on to your rice. Wash your rice twice and put it in your pot with your Vege broth and with water. Remember we showed you how to cook rice on stove using intuitive cooking. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
- Wash the okra and remove the top stem. Add the fresh whole okra, and habanero pepper.
- Put in the washed kittely after that.
- Cook your rice in a rice cooker or on the stove. If this is your first time cooking rice on stovetop, please visit our article linked below on how to cook rice on stovetop.
- In a separate pan, toast your sesame seeds on low heat until it has changed color to golden brown and it becomes fragrant.
- Once toasted, blend sesame seeds in electric blender or crush them using a mortar and pestle. Set aside your sesame seeds in a bowl.
- For those who do not like palm oil, I listed plain avocado oil as an option. For those that love red palm oil, measure the portion you want in a bowl.
- Don’t forget the rice! Check on your rice, and add more water if needed.
- Once the rice is ready, take out the okra and blend it. You can transfer the rice to a serving plate.
- Put the okra in the bowl with crushed sesame seeds and add in habanero and season with salt and crush. Mix them all together, enough that the pepper is mashed and blends with the okra and sesame seeds. Witness the fragrant goodness.
- Measure the rice you want (kttely should be rice), add your plant protein to rice, add your okra-sesame mixture on top, and drizzle your warmed palm oil on top.
- Savor the bliss and enjoy oooo!
Serving Suggestion: Put the okra mixture on top of the rice with your protein. Sprinkle on the oil mixture. Enjoy!
Link to how to cook rice on stove top