How to Parboil (pre-cook)White Rice for Nigerian Rice Recipes


Parboiling Rice is the same as precooking Rice. Most Nigerian Rice recipes( such as the Nigerian Jollof Rice, Nigerian Fried Rice and the Nigerian Coconut Rice) call for parboiled rice.

This act of parboiling is different from that which is done commercially. The commercial process parboils raw rice with its husk on, to help drive nutrients from the bran(outside) into endosperm(inside).


But the  parboiling process for Nigerian rice recipes is done by precooking any long grain rice(without the husk) to help reduce the starch content and allow it to absorb ingredients and spices easily without being soggy or burnt. The long grain  rice used could be Basmati rice or the commercially Parboiled rice(so you will be parboiling it again?YES! but this time, for a different purpose).

Although a few Nigerian cooks disagree with the parboiling process, saying that the it reduces the nutritional value of the rice, and isn't necessary, since the common long grain rice has already being parboiled. Well, personally , I think it's a matter of choice and I love the way my Jollof Rice, Fried Rice and Coconut Rice turns out with parboiled Rice.

So if you want to give it a try; Here are the directions:

* First, place the Rice in a pot(you can pick and wash them if you bought yours from the local market)

*Pour  in some water and leave to cook. The water should completely cover the rice (twice the level of the rice is ok).

*When the water in the rice begins to boil and you notice the whitish (starchy contents) coming out of the rice,put of the heat.

*Now, run some cold water into the pot and  pour the  rice into a a big sieve or colander. Pour back into the pot and repeat the process(run more cold water and transfer to sieve). This process helps to rinse of the excess starch and also stops the cooking process.

*Finally ,leave in the colander or sieve to drain .

*Now the parboiled Rice is ready for use .

See how I used it in these recipes below:


Related Recipes 

* All Rice Recipes

* Nigerian Fried Rice 

* Nigerian Egg Fried Rice

* Nigerian Coconut Rice

* Nigerian Rice and Beans

Nigerian Party Jollof Rice

By Nky Lily Lete


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18 comments:

  1. Oluwafunke8:23:00 AM

    To be sincere, every bit of what i read this morning was too great to leave without a comment.........i must commend your effort ma'am.
    Just surfing the internet to get nigeria buns recipe but was glued to this site for close to an hour.
    For a job weldone ma'am.......thumb up
    thanks and God bless you.

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  2. Oluwafunke8:23:00 AM

    To be sincere, every bit of what i read this morning was too great to leave without a comment.........i must commend your effort ma'am.
    Just surfing the internet to get Nigeria buns recipe but was glued to this site for close to an hour.
    For a job weldone ma'am.......thumb up
    thanks and God bless you.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment.
      I'm so glad to be of help-
      God bless you too.

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  3. Anonymous9:33:00 AM

    You do a very good job ma'am. God bless people like you who go out of their way to make other people's life easier

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    1. Thanks dearie, people like you make all the effort worth it .

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  4. Anonymous7:01:00 AM

    Really good guide...... Well done

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  5. Anonymous10:47:00 AM

    Thank you very much.Detailed and concise.Am so cooking this 4 xmas.

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  6. Anonymous10:35:00 AM

    Thanks for the guide..its awesome! I'm a guy & I love cooking :-)

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  7. Anonymous4:31:00 PM

    Tnx nky u'r the best!!

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  8. I just learnt how to pre-cook rice now from your site as i intend to surprise my wife and children for a nice rice for my birthday. thanks.

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  9. Sunday Oladapo9:31:00 AM

    I just learnt how to pre-cook now with mind to surprise my wife and children with a nice Jollof rice today my birthday. I am also noting your jollof rice as well. thanks.

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    1. You're welcome sunday,
      let me know how it turns out
      Happy birthday :)

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  10. Anonymous6:04:00 AM

    How do I add your channel go bbm? Can't seem to find it...long rice is it same as our normal rice we buy from the market? I want to make Nigerian kollof rice for 9 persons..our regular 7 cups of rice should cover right? And to apply the burnt theory , am using a normal pot on gas not firewood..if I let it burn a little,will it get the smoky flavor owabe rice?

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  11. Your procedure is outstanding..quick three questions.1) this long rice is it same as the regular price we buy in our local market in Nigeria?/(2) Am using a normal pot on gas to make Nigerian jollof rice..if I let it burn a little , will that give it the smoky flavor?

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