Spicy Asun Fried Rice: A Flavorful Nigerian Treat

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Craving a flavorful and fiery dish? Look no further than Asun Fried Rice, a Nigerian classic that combines the smoky goodness of grilled spicy goat meat (asun) with fluffy rice and a medley of vegetables. This recipe is perfect for a quick and satisfying meal, leaving your taste buds tingling with delight.

Ingredients:

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2 cups cooked long-grain white rice (or basmati rice)

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless goat meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (green onions)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • Salt to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Marinate the goat meat: In a bowl, combine the goat meat with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon curry powder. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight, for maximum flavor.
    2. Prepare the vegetables: While the goat meat marinates, chop the red and green bell peppers, onion, scallions, garlic, and ginger.
    3. Cook the goat meat: Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated goat meat and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the goat meat from the pan and set aside.
    4. Sauté the vegetables: In the same pan, add the chopped onion, bell peppers, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, cook for another minute, stirring constantly.
    5. Incorporate the rice: Add the cooked rice to the pan with the vegetables and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Spice it up!: Now comes the fiery part! Add the chopped scotch bonnet pepper to the pan. Be careful while handling the pepper and wear gloves if necessary. Stir to distribute the pepper evenly. Adjust the amount of pepper depending on your desired spice level.
    7. Reintroduce the goat meat: Add the cooked goat meat back to the pan with the rice and vegetables. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
    8. Season and serve: Pour in the remaining tablespoon of soy sauce and oyster sauce (if using). Taste and adjust seasonings with additional soy sauce, salt, or pepper if needed. Garnish with chopped scallions and serve hot.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Please note that these are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 450-500

  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Sodium: 500mg (depending on the amount of soy sauce used)

  • Conclusion:

    Asun Fried Rice is a delightful and satisfying dish that packs a punch. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the smoky flavor of asun with the comforting texture of rice and a medley of colorful vegetables. Feel free to adjust the spice level to your preference and customize it with your favorite vegetables. Enjoy this delicious Nigerian treasure!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I substitute the goat meat with another protein?

    Absolutely! You can substitute the goat meat with chicken, beef, or even tofu. Just adjust the marinating time based on the chosen protein.

    2. What if I don’t have scotch bonnet peppers?

    You can use other chili peppers like habanero or serrano peppers. However, their flavor profiles might differ slightly from scotch bonnet peppers.

    3. How can I make this dish vegetarian?

    Simply omit the goat meat and add extra vegetables like mushrooms or peas for a protein boost.

    4. What are some good side dishes for Asun Fried Rice?

    This dish pairs well with a simple salad, grilled plantains, or coleslaw.

    5. Can I store leftover Asun Fried Rice?

    Yes, you can store leftover Asun Fried Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.