World Food Challenge

Day 27: Burkina Faso and Riz Gras

Good evening, Raffies!

Today we were going to a country I know very little about: Burkina Faso.
Riz Gras is one of the most popular dishes in the country. The name shows the strong French influence in this African country. “Riz gras” basically means “fat rice” and is usually served with a significant amount of meat.
The dish is easy and quick to prepare and, in its simplicity, it turned out to be very tasty! This is definitely something I could imagine myself cooking after a long day or when I do not have a lot of energy and/or time to make any complicated dishes.

If you are curious about this dish, this is one of the recipes I have used.

Ingredients:

2 habaneros

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 onion, minced

4 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup vegetable oil

300 g chicken, diced

4 tbsp tomato paste

5 cups water

1 bouillon cube

3 cups rice

salt

pepper

In a mortar, place the habanero, the tomatoes and the onions and pound into a paste. If you do not have a mortar, a food processor or a mixer work just fine.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the paste. Cook for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from the fire and set aside.

Rinse your mortar or food processor and keep the water. Pour it into a pot and add the meat. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Now transfer the meat to the pan with the paste and add the tomato paste, some water and the bouillon cube. Mix well.

Wash and cook the rice. Serve the meat with the rice and garnish with some slices of onion.

Are you familiar with African cuisine? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy saint Patrick’s Day!

Cheers,

Raffi

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