Thinking of that special treat to give your kids this children’s day? Why not try out some (or all) of these recipes.
I love fried rice because of its unique taste and colour. I remember how much of a picky eater I was while growing up. White rice was quite boring for me so my mother always found ways to add a touch of spice to it, literally.
She would slice in a bit of carrot today and add some turmeric powder some other day all in a bid to make rice more appealing. Though it worked, my taste buds longed for something tastier, hence when she discovered the perfect fried rice recipe, I was over the moon.
Fried rice is a must serve in Nigerian parties. It’s the second most popular rice dish after Jollof rice. Your kid would no doubt love it.
Here is the recipe to make a colourful yummy fried rice.
- 4 cups of Rice
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon chilli pepper
- 3 leaflets of bay leaf
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 medium sized onion
- 2 sticks of carrot
- 1 bunch of spring onions
- 1 cup of sweetcorn
- 2 cups of sausages/liver
- 1 cup of runner beans/green peas
- 1 teaspoon Seasoning (Curry, thyme)
- 2 Knorr chicken cubes
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup of Chicken broth
Cut all the vegetables, place in bowls and cook the liver/shrimps before cutting.
- In a clean pot, pour in a bowl of water, add unwashed rice and parboil for a few minutes.
- Wash the parboiled rice in running water to stop the cooking process.
- Pour the rice back into the pot, add little water and half cup of the vegetable oil.
- Add the seasonings, bay leaf, chicken broth, chilli pepper and 1 seasoning cube. Leave to steam.
- Add more water if needed.
- While the rice is cooking, place a sauce pan on medium heat and add the other half cup of vegetable oil.
- Stir fry carrots, peas, onions, pepper, sweetcorn, sausages/liver, 1 seasoning cube and sautee for a while.
- When the rice is well cooked, pour in the sauteed mix and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Add salt if necessary.
- And our fried rice is ready.
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I don’t really know what it is but there’s something special about this snack called Puffpuff. Just look around, you’d find it everywhere. This delicious snack and street food is popular across West Africa. It is loved by both young and old.
In Ghana, it is known as Bofrot, Mikate in Congo, Puffpuff in Nigeria and Beinye in Cameroon. Each country has its own unique twist to the snack. For instance, the Congolese version has coconut while the Ghanaian version is crisper because it has eggs included. In Nigeria, some add pepper to this snack to give it a spicy taste. It is called Puffpuff alata (peppered puffpuff) More recent versions include adding blended banana to give it extra flavour. Here’s a recipe for fluffy spongy puff puff, your kids would love:
Ingredients (About 10 balls)
- Flour (1 cup)
- Sugar (1/4 cup)
- Powdered Milk (2 table spoons)
- Yeast (1 tea spoon)
- Luke warm Water
- Chilli Pepper (3 pinches)
- Vegetable Oil (for frying)
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- Make a hole in the middle and add the water gradually while kneading and mixing thoroughly with your hand.
- The mixture shouldn’t be too watery or hard.
- Let it rise for about 45 mins
- Scoop out little balls with your hand and deep fry.
Pancake is a tasty snack made with basic ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs and baking powder. One thing I love about this snack is that it is very easy to prepare.
Pancake is quite nutritious and makes for a healthy breakfast. It is rich in carbohydrate, protein, fats etc hence it is very ideal for your kids.
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of milk
- ½ teaspoon chilli pepper
- 3 tablespoon of butter (melted)
- 1 large egg
- Vegetable oil
- Whisk all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, chilli and salt) together in a bowl.
- Add the milk, butter, egg and stir until you have a smooth batter.
- Place a fry pan over medium heat and brush lightly with vegetable oil.
- Scoop batter by 1/4-cupfuls into fry pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly and edges are dry.
- Turn with a wide spatula and cook for 2 minutes more.
- Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining batter.