How are y’all doing? So Christmas is almost here. So what’s for Christmas lunch?
Jollof rice? Check
Fried Rice? Check
Assorted meat more your thing? Check
Peppered snail? Check
Is that dodo I hear frying? Check
Is there small chops? Wait! what a question. Is there a Nigerian party without small chops?
I see even chinchin
But wait isn’t this what we eat every year? Don’t you think it’s time to try something new?
Okay so let me share with you one of my easy to make recipes that can replace some of the meals on your regular Christmas menu or at least give you something to add to the menu that’s a little different for this year.
So first of all disclaimer this is not a picture of my shrimp couscous but because I didn’t want to delay this post so I went “shopping” on the internet just so you can have an idea of what it should look like.
So here’s the recipe. Really simple to make and only takes a few minutes.
- Green pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Shrimps (peeled and deveined)
- Vegetable Oil (any would do)
- Dry pepper
- Seasoning cubes
- Coconut milk (either go through the long and rather rewarding process of making yours or simply buy a sachet of the powdered stuff or a pack of the liquid version)
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper
- Mixed Vegetables (carrots, sweet corn, peas, green beans)
Boil water and pour some in a bowl mix in the coconut powder or coconut milk.
add a pinch of salt, dash of pepper and 2 tablespoons full of oil. Mix till smooth. Pour in the couscous using a fork to mix through and separate the grains. Leave to stand.
In a saucepan pour in a cooking spoon of oil. Add onions, ginger, garlic. Fry till soft. Add peppers, shrimps, mixed vegetables
Stir fry. Then pour in the shrimps. Add seasonings and spices.
Pour in the couscous and combine till mixed. If not soft enough. Add a tiny bit of water and cover for another 2 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper and softness.
Serve and voila in less than 20 mins your couscous is ready to be served.
Dish and serve.
I hope this is a pleasant addition to your Christmas table and that it’s gentler on your hips than rice.