In this veggie coconut rice recipe, white rice is simmered in creamy coconut milk, then tossed with seasonal vegetables to create the perfect week-night meal. Vegan, simple to make, and brimming with flavour.

 

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Every now and then, my imagination get the better of me, and when it does, I often get transported to the crystal clear blue waters, and the soft white sands on the beaches of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

In honour of my active imagination, I settled on this Veggie Coconut Rice, a modified version of the Tanzanian recipe wali wa nazi (coconut rice) to kick off my 30-day African vegan journey. Wali wa nazi is not just the privy of Tanzania. It is also very popular in Kenya, especially around the coastal towns such as Mombasa. I have two words for Wali wa Nazi – utterly delicious!

 

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In this recipe, I have taken the classic wali wa nazi recipe as a starting point, and pimped this up with veggies. This veggie coconut rice recipe is simply pimped-up-wali wa nazi. Full stop!

In this recipe, white or brown rice is simmered in coconut milk infused with spices till cooked. Once the rice is cooked, it is tossed with onions, ginger, coconut flakes and vegetables, including plantain. The coconut milk lends a nutty creaminess to the dish, while the onions and ginger introduce a savoury and spicy flavour. The bite from the plantain means you don’t notice the exclusion of meat from this recipe. The result is a blend of flavours that is just begging to be devoured.

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A blend of flavours that screams exotic and tropical.

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A blend of flavours that will have you reaching for seconds… and thirds.

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A blend of flavours that tricks my mind into believing that I am sitting on the white sands of Zanzibar with Bob Marley’s redemption song playing in the background…

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Veggie Coconut Rice (Wali wa Nazi)
Veggie Coconut Rice (Wali wa Nazi)
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In this veggie coconut rice recipe, white rice is simmered in creamy coconut milk, then tossed with seasonal vegetables to create the perfect week-night meal.Vegan, simple to make, and brimming with flavour.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Veggie Coconut Rice (Wali wa Nazi)
Veggie Coconut Rice (Wali wa Nazi)
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In this veggie coconut rice recipe, white rice is simmered in creamy coconut milk, then tossed with seasonal vegetables to create the perfect week-night meal.Vegan, simple to make, and brimming with flavour.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, add the rice, coconut milk, water and vegetable stock cube, and cover the pan. On medium heat, bring the mixture to boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer and cook in the steam for approximately 20 minutes****. Remove from heat after 20 minutes, and set aside, covered.
  2. Prepare the Peas:Bring approximately 500ml of water to boil. Once boiling, add the peas and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove from heat, drain and set aside.
  3. Prepare the plantain:Peel and slice plantain into 1-inch circles. In a pre-heated pan on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. When the oil is sufficiently hot, add the plantain circles into the pan, in a single layer. Fry for 3 - 4 minutes per side, until each side is golden brown. Turn over once, and repeat on the other side until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. In the pre-heated pan above on medium heat, add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Fry the garlic, onions and ginger for 3 - 5 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent, stirring frequently to prevent any burning. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Add the rest of the vegetables - carrots, sweet corn, red peppers, cooked peas, and fried plantain to the onion mix, and stir fry for approximately 3 - 5 minutes. Then add the cooked coconut rice. Stir fry for another 3 minutes to distribute the veggies evenly within the rice.
Recipe Notes

* plantain should be ripe.

** carrots should be cubed.

*** onions and ginger should be finely chopped.

**** It is important that you do not uncover the rice while it is cooking as this will cause the steam to escape.

 

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Nutrition Facts
Veggie Coconut Rice (Wali wa Nazi)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 421mg 18%
Potassium 617mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 13g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 278%
Vitamin C 118%
Calcium 4%
Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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The information shown is an estimate, and does not replace a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Emem

Afro-fusion Food Lover.
Sustainable Food Advocate.
Completely nuts about Avocado.

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