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Basmati Seafood Fried rice

Basmati rice is a popular specie of rice which has its origins in India and could be found here in Nigeria. I love it due to its perfumed aroma and unique flavor which is really inviting. it's perfumed aroma always leaves the house smelling really nice. But sincerely, one thing I don’t like about the rice is the fact that it sticks together though this might be due to the product s I’ve used so far and therefore might not be like that with all basmati rice. I dislike having to break lumps of rice….that’s just too much stress for one person.
Basmati Seafood Fried Rice recipe
•Prep time:  15 minutes
•Cook time: 45 minutes
•Total time:  60 minutes

• 250g Fresh Prawns, Okporo or Shrimps
• 1 tsp. Curry powder
• 500g Basmati rice (I used TRS)
• 1 small bunch Spring Onions, chopped
• 2 medium sized Carrots, finely diced
• 1 large Green bell pepper, diced
• 2 tbsp. Butter and 1 tbsp. Vegetable oil 
• 1 tbsp. Salt

Step 1: Wash the fresh Prawns with water and remove the heads. Place in a small pot, Season with 1 stock cube, Salt, Curry powder, thyme. Add 1 cup of water and leave to steam for about 10mins. Scoop the steamed prawns into a dish and set the prawn broth aside for use later.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a medium sized pot till hot. Add the washed Basmati and toss to incorporate the oil and rice. Add water (Just enough to cover the rice), prawn broth & salt to taste. Leave to boil for about 30 minutes till the rice softens and the water dries out. 

Step 3: In a small frying pan, heat 2 tbsp. Butter till hot. Add some thinly diced carrot, green pepper, Spring onion, red onion and stir- fry for about 2 mins. Add the some cooked prawns and stir-fry for 2 mins. Scoop out some of the basmati rice into the fried veggies in the pan and stir-fry for 1 min just enough to incorporate the mixture. Turn in out onto a serving dish and repeat for the rest of the batch till the whole rice is used up.

Serve alone or with and Tomato Stew or Plain Chicken Gravy sauce 

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  1. Looks really nice. Would try it out soon.


    1. Thanks rose :), do let us know how it goes.

  2. I don't like basmati rice but this looks inviting!!!!!!!!

  3. Nice! Such a good idea to cook the prawns in a stock! I usually stirfry the prawns with my veg and they end up dry sometimes. Will def try this method. And maybe use the stock to cook the rice :D

    To makE your basmati rice less sticky, I usually soak it in room temperature water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. It really really helps. I also find cooking it in a rice cooker makes it less sticky than on a stove.

    1. Awww!! Thanks for the helpful tip ummibee. Tried it out and the rice came out fine :)...*Hugs*.

  4. Posted 2 long comments and don't think they went thru :(

    I'll summarize them: great recipe :D

    1. It sure did ummibee :)...thank you ;).

  5. Will give it a try.looks really nice

    1. Thanks Anon! Do let us know how it goes.

  6. Where can I get d basmati rice pls?

    1. you can get basmati rice from most large stores including shoprite.

  7. ah! where have i been? i am trying this too. thank you, dobby!


    1. lol! thank you Kenechukwu. do keep us posted.

  8. woww seafood rice recipe it must be delicious I m gonna try this today !!

  9. Wornderful recipe but basmati rice? I’m definitely going to try it for our next family gathering.


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