For many people that live in Nigeria, you must have heard of Chef Fregz or seen him on TV( Knorr Taste Quest Show..ring a bell?). This dude has amazingggggg culinary skills and is super friendly. I always heard about this guy that went to Olashore (High school in Nigeria) that did amazing things with food and I was like okkk let’s see first. Usually when people shout about chefs i’m a bit wary because I never trust their judgements. Then one fateful day, I saw a picture of Chef Fregz eba and Okro on Instagram. I didn’t even need to be told that this guy had awesome skills and I wanted to meet him. Fast forward a few months and here we are, cooking together and playing with Nigerian ingredients. It was definitely a fun day. Here is what we made;
Spicy Curried Goat with Tuwo Rice
Masa (Serves 5)
2 Cups of Tuwo rice (Substitute – jasmine rice)
1 tablespoon of yeast
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon of honey or syrup (optional)
1 cooking spoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
Soak one cup of the Tuwo rice in water and add 1/2 the tablespoon of yeast. Allow it sit for 4- 5 hours
Boil the other cup of rice and mash it and set aside.
In a blender, pour in the soaked rice and the mashed rice and blend till smooth. Some people use the rice flour to avoid all these steps but I like to go the authentic route.
In the blended rice mixture, pour in your grated ginger and sugar and the other tablespoon of yeast and leave to rise for about 30 minutes or less.
In a pancake puff pan, grease the pan a little and add the masa mixture to fry and flip as well to brown on the other side. Serve with honey or maple syrup if you didn’t add sugar or the sugar wasn’t enough.
Some people eat Masa with a pepper sauce. It is completely a preferential choice.
Kunun Aya (Serves 2)
1 cup of Tiger nuts
1/2 cup of coconut milk (optional)
1 teaspoon of grated ginger
Pineapples to garnish
Soak the tiger nuts in water for 2 hours
Blend the tiger nuts with 1/2 cup of water
Squeeze out the milk from the nuts.
Mix it with your coconut milk and ginger and serve with pineapple.
We were going to go the route of the pina colada by blending the pineapples and adding them but we decided not to
Spicy Curried Goat with Tuwo Rice (Serves 2)
1/4 Pound of Goat Meat
1.5 Tablespoons of Curry
1/2 cup of Coconut Milk
3 cherry tomatoes
5 scotch bonnet peppers or ata rodo (Reduce if you do not like spicy food)
1 cube of seasoning
1/4 bulb of onion
1 cooking spoon of Vegetable Oil
Tuwo Rice (Substitute – Jasmine Rice)
Season and Boil your goat meat and set aside. (I stole some goat meat from Chef Fregz Asun dish )
Wash and Boil your Rice and set aside.
Chop your onions and pepper and set aside.
Heat up the oil and fry the onions and pepper.
Add the cherry tomatoes whole. (These are those really tiny tomatoes)
Pour in your coconut milk and allow to simmer on medium heat.
Add your seasoning, fresh thyme and curry.
Pour in your goat meat and allow to simmer for low heat for another 3 minutes.
Serve with your Tuwo Rice.
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