International Center Blog

Providing International Perspectives About Learning and Living at UM-Flint

I love Nigerian Food, especially love Nigerian rice dishes. There are three popular rice dishes in Nigeria, one is called fried rice, the other is jellof rice and the last one is called rice and beans. It is impossible to go a Nigerian wedding without either one, if not all, being severed. I have never attended a wedding where rice was not served.

Rice is so special to Nigerians, most families every Sunday eat what we call “Sunday rice”.

My family is really big on Sunday rice. Every Sunday after we get out of church there is rice and beans and sometimes plantain. Its perfect because rice has a way of filling you up but not making one bloated so its nice to eat rice with the family. Rice, beans, stew and plantain is easy and fast to make. I love rice and beans because it reminds me of family time back home in Nigeria. So I will be giving the recipe to Rice and Beans from my favorite Nigerian food website All Nigerian Recipes.

Rice and Beans

Rice and Beans Recipe

  • 2 cigar cups (500g) long grain parboiled rice
  • 1 cigar cup (250g) brown/black-eyed beans
  • 500 mls tomato sauce
  • Chicken or Fish or protein of your choice
  • Pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Preparing the Rice and Beans

  1. Wash and soak the beans for about 5 hours. Discard the water and rinse the beans.
  2. Put the beans in a pot, pour some water and set to boil
  3. Once the beans starts boiling, turn off the heat, throw away the water and wash again. These steps will help minimize the indigestion associated with beans for most people.
  4. Prepare the tomato stew. Visit the Tomato Stew page( for details on how to do that.
  5. Parboil the rice
  6. Meanwhile, cook the chicken till tender with the chopped onions, thyme and stock cubes. If you will rather use fish, boil the fish for 5 minutes using the same amount of seasoning. Fry or grill the chicken or the fish and set aside.

Cooking Directions

  1. Cook the beans till tender and set aside.
  2. Pour the chicken/fish stock into a pot big enough to accommodate the rice and beans, bearing in mind that the rice will rise some more.
  3. Add the tomato stew, the parboiled rice and the cooked beans. Check that the water level is just less than the level of the rice and beans.
  4. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  5. Stir, cover the pot and cook at low to medium heat till the water is dry

This Recipe is from All Nigerian Website!