As I said in yesterday’s live tweetchat hosted by The Guardian, my cooking is inspired by family, the season and my environment. Mr. Tomato (my husband) inspired this recipe as I sought to make white rice healthier after watching him gobble up freshly cooked rice straight from the pot. I knew that despite our pantry filled with a variety of brown and wild rice, white rice would be a tough one to let go of.
I hope this recipe for Green Fried Rice will encourage us to eat more greens and for Nigerians suffering the high price of tomatoes, this could be the next best thing, leaving Jollof rice for special occasions now that tomato is the new truffle!
Although this recipe was created in my home in England, for my family in Nigeria, it has become a great substitute for Jollof rice which is a popular West African dish similar to the Spanish Paella, cooked in tomato sauce.
Nigerians are currently suffering the tremendous hike in price of tomatoes as well as other foods of up to 700% as a result of high cost of transportation due to fuel scarcity and increase in petrol prices, insurgency in the Northern region & the growing tomato crop infestation caused by an exotic pest called, Tuta Absoluta. Such a basic and daily ingredient is now a luxury and the people have to adapt to cope with the current crisis and this Green Fried Rice is my delicious solace.
This is a great dish to customise as you can substitute crayfish for shrimps, moringa for your favourite herbs, spinach for kale, and much more. Make it wonderful by making it your own. With Green Fried Rice, the goal is to incorporate more greens into rice meals.
Could this be the new Jollof rice for Nigeria, for West Africa?
See my recipe in The Guardian