So coconut rice has been trending for the last two weeks, the truth is that I have been experimenting wildly and hoping that I would come up with a delicious and healthy recipe… and this sure takes the cake.
It is one thing to make a delicious food, making it healthy is a whole different story; with this recipe, I was able to achieve those two.

We have healthy foods in Nigeria but they are often diluted with unnecessary chemicals or excessively heated before they are consumed.

With this article, I am hoping to show you some of health benefits of coconut and also proffer a very delicious way of consuming coconut. While coconut can be used as ingredients for several Nigerian foods, is it also eaten as a snack and used as raw material for several finished products.

Coconut is high in dietary fiber, helps to improve heart health, helps to prevent obesity, reduces sugar craving, acts as energy booster and improves digestion. It is gluten free, non-toxic, contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic healing properties. This is great and the list is endless.

What is even better is when you make a delicious plate of rice out of it. This is my latest coconut rice and girl! It is delicious. I tried so hard to eliminate every unnecessary/unhealthy ingredients and it still turned out delicious.

Better coconut rice

Here is how you make this delicious meal, you can use chicken, goatmeat or fish.

Ingredients (6 persons)

Goatmeat – 1kg
3 cups of rice
1 medium sized coconut
3 cubes of knorr or maggi
3 seeds of yellow pepper
3 seeds of red pepper
1 medium sized green pepper
1 sachet kitchen glory – (beef seasoning).
Teaspoon of thyme.
Curry leaves – half cup
Salt to taste.

For this coconut rice recipe, you don’t need the water inside the coconut; you need the actual chewable coconut, just grate it.

Start by parboiling the rice, slice the green pepper, yellow/red pepper and grate the coconut, the image below shows you how it is done.

Making better coconut rice

Pre-cook the meat for about 10 minutes with the kitchen glory, onions, salt and a cube of maggi, wash the parboiled rice and set aside. There is no frying in this recipe, always avoid the oil when it is possible, you really don’t need it.
Transfer the pre-cooked meat to a bigger pot, add two cups of water, 1-2 cubes of maggi or knorr, salt to taste and the parboiled rice. Allow to cook for 15 minutes, add grated coconut and another cup of water (if necessary), the other coconut rice recipe needed just the milk, here you add everything.

Allow to simmer for the next 10-20 minutes until the rice is soft, you can add more water along the line, taste for salt and add more if necessary.

Add the thyme, green pepper, red/yellow pepper and curry leaves once the rice is getting soft, you don’t want it too soft.


Allow to simmer 3-4 minutes, turn all together and serve with your favorite soft drink

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  1. Blessing  July 13, 2015

    This is looking so delicious, Chy let me finally confess that you are the best cook in the world, lol.
    Thanks for this blog, I purchased your ultimate Nigerian cookbook from David here in Portharcourt, it is currently the best I have seen so far, thanks for this coconut rice recipe, you are doing a wonderful job.

  2. Elonna  July 13, 2015

    Knowing all these recipes is really nice, I am male, 29 and unmarried. I have been following your blog for a very long time and I learned so much already. I even cook better than my girlfriend now. haha.

  3. Ola  July 13, 2015

    Thanks, I tried the other style you made with tomato and it turned out perfectly, I am going to try this and get back to you. Thanks once again.

  4. Ify  July 13, 2015

    What do I do with the water inside the coccnut, Am I supposed to add it? I mean the coconut juice.

    • Chy Anegbu  July 13, 2015

      The coconut juice is not used for this recipe, you can drink it, it is one of the most nutritious and natural juice known to man.

  5. princess rita  July 14, 2015

    Hello chy, thank yu for all d sweet delicious recipes. I love dis blog so much. I have a question to ask, on dis paarticular coconut rice will I extract d coconut milk or add d grated coconut like dat? Also where can I get a copy of your the ultimate nigeria cook book? Thx yu

    • Chy Anegbu  July 14, 2015

      Princess, you don’t squeeze out the milk this time around, you add the grated coconut as is, please Click Here for the Ultimate Nigerian Cookbook or call David on 08035051468/08157668217 for more info. thanks.

  6. esther  July 14, 2015

    I must confess that was a lovely cocount rice chy, u are a gud cook keep it up.

  7. Toyin  July 14, 2015

    It been great thanks a million.

  8. VICTORIA  July 14, 2015

    waoooooo, this is amazing. am a first timer on dis blog nd am so happy with wat i saw today. am gonna try dis straight away. kisses to the brain behind this blog

  9. nyzkrafts  July 14, 2015

    Wow! This is lovely. You don’t want to believe that I’ve been salivating about coconut Rice for a long time now but have forgotten the process of making it! Thank you so much for posting this! Now i can finally make it.

  10. love  July 15, 2015

    Waoo Thats good Nice work

  11. Ella  July 18, 2015

    Dis is really nice and i’ll surely try it out soon. Jst to confirm,did you add the curry leaves jst like that without chopping them?

    • Chy Anegbu  July 18, 2015

      Yes, I needed it the way it is.

  12. christy  July 20, 2015

    I’ll give it a try, all the same thanks.

  13. hajiya zaynab  November 23, 2015

    Thanx, have learnt alot with your recipes. I so much like this blog pls do keep it up

  14. morah Too  November 23, 2015

    I’m really impressed with ur good work. I will try this. You are a good thinker. Its not just about knowing how to cook good food but also about inventing new methods. Keep it up. Pls I’m in Awka and I need to buy the book. How can I buy it. Thank you.

  15. judy  November 23, 2015

    Wow! I never new u could use the fibre of the coconut.i bet the rice will really taste crunchy and delicious.thanks for sharing.

  16. chisom  November 23, 2015

    nice but i am confused, would i cook the rice and the meat together

  17. chisom  November 23, 2015

    pls i also need your book were do i get it in the east

  18. Judith  November 23, 2015

    hello Chi,
    you are really doing a good job.have been an ardent follower of nigerian kitchen and must confess that you are the best.please how can i get your in awka.and please i would like the recipe for preparing akidi.thanks

    • Chy Anegbu  November 25, 2015

      pls call 08035051468, 08157668217 for the cookbooks. Thanks.

  19. David Esther  November 23, 2015

    This is amazing, but can i add carrot or tomatos to this delicious meal to make it look more attractive

  20. Mary  November 23, 2015

    hi chy, no oil at all, hope it won’t be look dry. The picture look nice and sumptuous hope it will be eatable, cos i plan to cook it for my birthday next week.

  21. rita  November 23, 2015

    I really appreciate all your recipes , I have been getting from you thank you , now I can try new recipes of food. Pls would you sending me preparation on HOW TO MAKE MOI-MOI

  22. Sarah Ante  November 23, 2015

    Chy thanks for this recipe,am so gonna try it out.piling all ur recipes together for Xmas.keep up the good work girl!

  23. Doris  November 24, 2015

    Chy, can I make the rice with the coconut milk only?

    • Chy Anegbu  November 25, 2015

      Sure you can use just the coconut milk. Originally, that is how it is made, this is a simply variation of the original recipe.

  24. Esther  July 8, 2016

    I’m hosting a group of friends this weekend, I’ve been running over my head on what to serve…. You just gave me a solution! You are the best!

  25. kendra  July 8, 2016

    Chy I used to like your recipe but sorry you didn’t get this. How can You say you will add the graded coconut. It’s only the milk that you use pls. Tnx

    • Ijay  December 5, 2016

      Was thinking that way too. I would advise pple test the version of added grated coconut into your coconut rice b4 hosting it with their frnds.
      Sum wouldnt like it. I dnt like swallowing d coconut chaff nomata d invention.

      • Chy Anegbu  December 10, 2016

        Lol, you are so right.

  26. Omobola  July 8, 2016

    Good work chy, is like you are following my mine I just cooked the coconut rice last week but I don’t knw if I get it right by using the milk alone for cooking the rice. Pls get back on this

  27. Ayotomiwa  July 8, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe I’ve tried it and is yummy

  28. vina  July 9, 2016

    Good. Am going to try this.

  29. NABA  July 9, 2016

    chy u r da best cook I live here in da Gambia but my friend’s do admire me cooking the Nigerian receipe how can I get da book here may God continue to give u the strength and ability to always deliver up to expectations

  30. sandra  July 9, 2016

    Welldone Chy… with your good works..

  31. Blessing Richardson  July 11, 2016

    You mean you can also use the grated coconut, I thought is not useful again after taking the water. Pls your reply will be helpful. Thank you.

  32. Kenny  July 13, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe. I never thought of using the grated coconut. You are the best!

  33. esther  July 15, 2016

    The yellow pepper, ‘re nd green . S t for garnishing or s used in cooking the rice

    • Chy Anegbu  July 18, 2016

      Mainly for garnishing.

  34. Esther Edwin  July 30, 2016

    Pls ma,am curious,what is the health benefit of the coconut chaff in the rice? I made mine yesterday nd my hubby loved it.thanks the reciepe.hoping for your reply

  35. Michael  September 7, 2016

    Please do you have the description of how to cook afang soup, with periwinkles…. Tasted it here in Lagos for the first time and I was like wooooow!.. If you have that in your cookery book I’m buying asap

  36. Ijay  December 5, 2016

    I blend my coconut instead of using grater. Less stress.
    Recently, I made coconut rice using the milk, shrimps and a lil spinach. Yummy for me

  37. Radhiyat  November 1, 2018

    Please how can I get the cookbook in Abuja? Thanks ma.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 6, 2018

      Sure, call us today 08035051468.
      Thanks, Chy.

  38. Ama  April 12, 2019

    I think d coconut wit bring out oil

  39. Aify  May 24, 2019

    This is nice, I will surely try this method and recipe

  40. Adebola  August 6, 2019

    Your recipe is one of a kind and it’s really helpful..Thanks for the coconut rice. Hoping to buy your book soon.


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