Nigerian Fried Rice

I am not saying this out of bias, but Nigerians make one of the best fried rice dishes in the world!

Nigerian fried rice is so easy to make, yet it tastes so good. It is easily adaptable for a vegan. However, unlike quite a number of foods, you do not lose the flavour by making the recipe vegan! Isn’t that just wonderful!

I am going to take you down to my West African roots with this vegan version of the wonderful, the beautiful, Nigerian fried rice.

Bon Appétit!




Onions, roughly chopped

Ginger, minced

Garlic, minced

Carrots, chopped



Bell peppers, chopped

Sea Salt

African Chilli Powder (substitute with a freshly chopped chilli or hot chilli powder)


Bay leaf



Curry Powder

Oil (optional)


Stock cube (optional)



  • Cook the rice till it is about 90% done and set it aside to cool in a clear or white bowl, turning it over every. Alternatively, work with leftover rice.

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  • While the rice is cooling, chop, mince and slice your vegetables.

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  • In a saucepan, add about 1-2tsp of oil (or water) and fry the vegetables. If using oil, add water in place of more oil if the vegetables start sticking to the pan or are not cooked through.
  • Add in a bay leaf and a bit of water, turn the heat down and place a lid over the saucepan to speed up the cooking time of the carrots.

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  • When the carrots can be easily broken (not smashed) using a spoon, stir in the rice and cook for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
  • Stir in the herbs and spices.

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  • You can add a bit more oil to fry the rice and vegetable mixture further at this point (alternatively, you can add a little more water and turn the heat up).
  • Taste the rice to adjust the spices to your preferred taste.



If you try the recipe, upload a picture of it to Instagram with the hashtag #lickyourplaterecipe so I can have a look at and like it.

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