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Nigerian Native Rice

The Nigerian native rice recipe is one of the oldest ways of cooking rice in Nigeria. It is usually prepared when there is little or nothing at home but has evolved into a very interesting dish…found on the menus of distinct restaurants in Nigeria. This is a very versatile recipe, allowing you to use an array of fish, meat and vegetables.

It is easy to cook, delicious and has that native taste you may desire.

Are you ready to cook? Let’s do this!

Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Meal type: Main dish
Misc: Hot

3 cups of rice
3 cooking spoons of palm oil (or less if you want)
1 medium size onion (1/2 blended 1/2 sliced)
8 habanero pepper/ ata rodo (6 blended 2 sliced)
A handful of dried shrimps
2 heaped tablespoons of dried blended crayfish
2 tablespoons of Iru (locust beans)
2 medium sized smoked catfish
2 rolls of soft ponmo (diced)
2 handful of ugu (pumpkin leaves)
Seasoning cubes
Salt to taste


Step 1:
native step 1

Blend the pepper and onion. Pound the dried crayfish (I do this for texture). Then parboil the rice.

Step 2:
native step 2

Wash the smoked fish with salt and water, then cut into chunks. Remove the tail and head of the shrimps and wash with water and salt. Then heat up a pot with palm oil for 3 minutes.

Step 3:
native step 3

Fry the sliced onion for 2 minutes. Pour the blended pepper and onion paste into the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the washed iru (locust beans). Allow to cook for 2 minutes. You will begin to perceive the sweet native smell of the iru. 🙂

Step 4:
native step 4

Add the dried shrimps, the pounded crayfish and the diced ponmo. Include very little water, add seasoning and salt and cook for 5 minutes.

Step 5:
native step 5

Add the cleaned smoked fish to the sauce, mix in and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Pour the sauce into a pot containing the parboiled rice.

Step 6:
native step 6

Add a little more water, adjust salt and seasoning to taste and cook until it is done. Finally add the ugu (pumpkin leaves) and sliced pepper. Mix into the rice and turn off the heat.

Serve with stewed meats or enjoy alone.

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28 thoughts on “Nigerian Native Rice”

  1. Chai Matse! Dis na pepper rice we dey call am. But dis one is spiced up again. Na wetin we go chop dis nite be dis, chai chai chai!! Tnx sis

    1. I looked at the list of the ingredients to make this dish and I was confused what is a “soft ponmo” what’s the english name for it? Because I don’t know what that is?

  2. Chai! I am alrdy salaivating sef…. Back in d days when we used to eat this. But nt wit all des extra garnishing o! We called it “palm oil rice”. ; )… Chai! Aunty Matse God bless u for this wonderful page. I love the picture illustrations. God bless u ma!

  3. I Just Cooked The Native Give Followed Your Recipe And It Came Out Great! But The Red Oil Nearly Chop My Neighbour O!

  4. I just had to comment… I’m usually a silent reader on blogs.

    So I’ve cooked native rice a number of times since I got married especially once I got to know that it’s one my husband’s favorite food that reminds him of his childhood.

    I’ve tried different recipes which came out alright and he enjoyed. However, one particular day I decided to make native rice again and remembered that I saw it on your site. So I knew I just had to use your recipe..followed it to the T. I cant remember the exact words hubs used to describe it..but I remember it being along the lines of it’s the best thing he’s ever tasted in his life..he went back 3 times for more. So now I’ve decided that even if I see different recipes on other blogs..I have to try your version out first. Plus I love the simplicity of how you explain the cooking process. Keep up the great work 🙂

  5. I made this dish and i just get my mind of the amazing taste it has…I am repeating it today but using ofada rice instead…i posted it on Instagram and tagged you ..My handle is @ mo_ccatering. .

    Have a great week ahead!

  6. Came across this recipe and couldn’t get it off my mind,had to cook it. It was awesomeeeeee……..thanks for thus Matse.

  7. So happy I came across your page on IG it’s been a wonderful experience u simply amazing keep it up ma!

  8. Hmmm Matse. 3 gbosa for you. I stumbled on this blog and your recipe this evening when I was searching for palm oil rice recipe. I just finished eating my second helping of the delicious rice I made following your recipe and trying not to get a third. Thanks, your blog will definately be seeing a lot of me and my friends.

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