Fried Ofada Rice Recipe (Curry Version)

Before now, I never could have imagined that something else could be done with ofada rice apart from the usual way of eating it plainly with Ofada sauce. I am sure most people know fried rice as a staple and popular dish but what many don’t know is that you can actually use Ofada Rice (Nigerian brown rice) to prepare a healthier version of fried rice. I gave it a try and boy! was I blown away by the outcome. I know a lot of people complain about the smell of the rice but I have come to realize that it only smells when you are parboiling it and somehow the smell disappears afterwards. The different colors of the vegetables amplifies the look of this dish…from the orange color of the carrots, to the bright yellow color of the sweet corn; and let’s not forget the spring onions and bell pepper that gives this dish a touch of green, and the flashy color of the red bell peppers. Then the brown strips on the rice complements all the beautiful colors of the vegetables! I so believe that God intended for us to have colorful meals that is why he created our vegetables in different colors…I bet you agree with me. LOL. One of the reasons I love this recipe is the choice of rice used as it is a healthy substitute for the white rice popularly used in creating fried rice. Ofada rice contains no starch, it is very affordable and easily accessible.

I can stare at this dish all day!!!

Prep Time: 35mins.

Cook time: 1hr 10mins.  

Yield: 6 servings.

Level: Easy.


  • 2 cups ofada rice
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots or 2 medium carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper or 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper or 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1/2 fresh green peas
  • 1/4 cup  chopped spring onions
  • 1/4 cup sweet corn
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch root ginger, grated
  • 1 medium onion bulb, finely diced
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablepoon curry powder
  • 2 table spoons light soy sauce
  • 2 table spoon oyster sauce
  • 1 table spoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste


I always like to begin by laying out all my ingredients.

Fried Ofada Rice Ingredients

  • Start by cooking the ofada rice. Heat up 4 cups of water in a medium pot. Pour rice into a mixing bowl and wash repeatedly until water runs clear.
  • Next add the rice into the pot of boiling water and leave to cook for about 10mins on medium heat. Do not cover your pot at this time.
  • After per-boiling, wash rice again thoroughly.
  • Add 2 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Add washed rice and leave to cook till tender. Remember to leave your pot open to prevent sogginess. Add more water if required.
  • When rice is properly cooked, turn off heat and set aside.

Boiled Ofada Rice

  • Meanwhile, heat up olive oil in a wok or frying pan.

Hot olive oil

  • Add onions, sauté for 1 minute.

Sautéd Onion

  • Next add minced garlic and ginger, sauté till fragrant.

At this point, the aroma in your kitchen will be heavenly because of the sautéd garlic and ginger

  • Next add green peas leave to cook for 2 minutes to soften it a bit.

Fresh peas are usually hard thats why they are the first vegetable to go in.

  • Then add carrots, leave to cook for another minute.

Carrots go in next because they are a little bit hard too.

  • Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir thoroughly to combine and leave to simmer for one minute.

The addition of soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil takes the flavor of the dish to a whole new level!

  • Next add cooked rice and toss till it’s fully coated with the sauce. Add red bell pepper, stir again thoroughly to combine.

The dish is starting to come alive!!! A colorful dish is always an eye pleaser.

  • Afterwards, add seasoning cubes, curry powder, thyme, sweet corn and spring onions.  Taste for salt, if any is required add as desired.

Too much color in one dish!!! Yummy!!!

  • Finally, add diced green bell pepper and stir one last time to combine.

I can stare at this dish all day!!!

Fried Ofada Rice chilling!

  • Turn heat off and allow to sit for 5mins before serving.
  • You can enjoy this with any protein of your choice. I had some left over ofada sauce which had lots of tiny bits of meat in it and so I decided to use that; and of course some plantain kebabs to go with it. Yummy! Whatever you decide to use, make sure you enjoy the dish. Get the recipe to my Fried Ofada Sauce here
  1. Looks yummy i will try in sha Allah

  2. Thank you so much for this.

  3. You are welcome Kelz. Always my pleasure.

  4. Nice & mouthwatering dish but tell where do I get Ofada rice?

  5. Hello Bridget, Thank you for reaching out. Do you live in Nigeria?

  6. Thank you so much Agnes for your feed back.I appreciate.

  7. Wow i really love ofada rice
    Looking tantalizing immm salavating

  8. Looks good and mouth watering, but Wat is the purpose of grilling ur fresh pepper before blending. Thanks and great job

  9. Thank you Stella for your feed back. Grilling the peppers helps enhance the smoky flavor of the ofada stew which is what makes it taste different from the usual tomato stew.

  10. Great meal! This is my first time seeing fried ofada rice.will give it a try with the ofada sauce. Well done.

  11. Hello Winifred,
    Thank you for the feedback. Please kindly let me know how it turns out when you give it a try…glad to know we are namesakes.?

  12. I will definitely give it a try

  13. Hi winni,please where can i get the ofada rice in Nigeria

  14. Hello Sandra, I got mine from a local super market around my house. But you can also get at any major super market like Shoprite, Spar or even any local super market around you. It is really popular in Lagos.

  15. Okay dear! Kindly let me know how it turns out. Thank you!

  16. If u need ofada rice contact me on 08038539753

  17. Am so in love with your blog..

    Hope you don’t mind if i make them and share on my blog??

    Am so gonna cook this weekend..

  18. This recipe is a winner.Thank you Winnie for sharing your amazing culinary skills with us. I feel like I know you already. You are my new bestie by food. ?

  19. Please what if you can only get soy sauce can u use it like that

  20. Hello Winnie, thank you so much for this recipe. I never knew that Ofada rice can be cooked differently. I cooked my Ofada fried rice last night and it was delicious. God bless you.

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