Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2018! Have you taken up any new resolutions this year? What are they? Do share, I am curious! Personally, I hope to be more adventurous in 2018. If you too have set such a goal, then why not start in the kitchen first? Beat the boredom in your cooking by recreating dishes from around the world in the comfort of your own home. And if you enjoy Nigerian cuisine, then I’m here to help!
Nigeria has a wide variety of dishes, some easy while some difficult. It can be a bit challenging to source ingredients and traditional cooking equipment that might be required to whip up individual Nigerian dishes. However, there are also a bunch of recipes which are adaptable to the pantries and palettes of people from other parts of the world too. Here are a few simple dishes that you can try making at your home:
Well-seasoned, smoky flavoured, bite-sized pieces of meat – what’s not to love about Suya? You can alter the spice levels according to your taste buds’ tolerance for heat. This dish is just exotic enough to pique your attention but at the same time, familiar enough to most people since it is a type of Nigerian barbecued dish. Get the recipe for Chicken Suya here and here is a shortcut – use Ataro’s Suya Spice Rub!
If you want a versatile and easy Nigerian recipe in your kitty, then you need to try my version of the famous Nigerian pepper soup. This dish lends itself well to whatever protein you have at hand – be it fish, chicken or meat. Quick and comforting, Pepper Soup is Nigerian goodness in a bowl! Get the fish pepper recipe here.
This is a commonly prepared dish that is a favourite in most Nigerian households. A fuss-free and no-frills dish, this can be served as a main, with many different sides that go with it. The rice is flavoured with a combination of tomato, onion and peppers – all essential ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry right this moment! Get my recipe for Jollof Rice over here.
This is the perfect snack to munch on when you are in the mood for some yummy nibbles! All you need to do is to get hold of some ripe plantains and either cube them or slice them on the diagonal. Go ahead and deep fry these in hot oil (ditch the guilt!).All that’s left to do is to dig in and enjoy! Get the recipe here.
No meal is complete without something that makes my sweet tooth happy! Usually, Nigerians serve cake or fresh fruits as dessert, but Puff-Puffs can also fall under the dessert category by dressing them up a bit. Puff-Puffs are deep fried bits of yeasted and sweetened dough. Once cooked, you can dusts the Puff-Puffs with some powdered sugar or drizzle with honey/maple syrup, or even serve them with some ice cream and chocolate sauce! Get the recipe for Puff-Puffs here.
So there you have it! A complete Nigerian meal that you can cook up without too much work in your kitchen this year! Experiment and enjoy! What is your favourite dish from this?