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Smoky Prawn Jollof

by on September 24, 2015
 

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Because….EVERYDAY is Jollof Rice Day. Super established. This was an attempt – a great one too, I might add – at approximating the beauty of seafood flavours in our beloved J Rice.

While I deliberated, lobsters and crabs came up briefly but then, I did not want to make a seafood paella and so I remained with my prawns.

As I’ve shared before, deriving seafood essence is easily done by way of prawn heads. Don’t ever throw them away.

Here’s how you make this great

Make prawn stock

Sautee the heads with salt and other seasoning, then blitz with water. Strain – a very vital step.

Here’s more on how.

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Make the Jollof stew

Tomatoes, onions, chilies, curry powder, dried thyme, time, palate – cook. Here’s how.

Cook rice

Par-cook your rice, just to speed up the process and help keep texture intact. 10 minutes works magic for most varieties of rice – I used basmati here, soaked before hand then cooked.

Then build your Jollof

Mine was made with a combination of coconut milk and prawn stock.  I began by combining the prawn stock, coconut milk and stew. _DSC0831To which I added the parcooked rice. Ratios are very important, I know.

Here are mine for this

  • 6 cups par-cooked rice (3 cups of raw, which doubled)
  • 3 cups of stock & coconut milk
  • 2 cups of stew

_DSC0834Then seasoned with curry powder and dried thyme. _DSC0836

The result is rice, gently coated by sauce and stock, but not swimming.
I covered with foil so the rice ‘steams’ under the silver canopy and set the pot on low heat.

_DSC0839Not quite half an hour later, after checking and stirring, the rice was almost cooked. In went the prawns, which I made sure to season well before hand – I hate eating bland prawns which should be juicy and flavourful so if I had a top tip, this would be it – season your prawns before hand! _DSC0848

Then set prawns in almost-cooked rice, replace foil covering and pan lid and let cook for 3 – 5 minutes before gently folding in.

_DSC0864The final step? Set pan on high heat and let rice ‘burn’ to develop sweet, smoky flavour. _DSC0851

The painful thing for me after making such a delicious pot of rice which was everything a prawn version should have been was I did not get a final photo of the plating.

Sigh. But good.

More Jollof experiments to come… peace & love.