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The powerful combo of basmati rice, ripe plantain, meat and vegetables makes Jambalaya rice a wholesome meal! Trust me, this dish of Spanish, French and Louisiana origin is worth every spoon. Importantly, it is not only a delight but also has very high nutritional value.
Basmati rice has 20 percent more fiber as compared to any other rice, contains vitamins and minerals, and is lower in saturated fats. It is diabetes-diet friendly,  promotes heart health and good for dieting. It is also a great source of energy. For the lovers of plantain, you can enjoy your rice with the tasteful crunch of the fried plantain, while the vegetables supply the necessary vitamins for the body.

How to make Jambalaya rice


Basmatic rice Ripe plantain Boneless chicken (skinless) Sausage (optional) Bell pepper Onion Celery Seasoning cubes Tomato paste Fresh pepper Green pepper Carrot Vegetable oil Salt


  1. Cut the ripe plantain into bits, add a little salt and fry.
  2. Cut the boneless chicken and sausage into bits, spice with celery pepper, onions and seasoning. Fry and keep aside.
  3. Cut the bell pepper and carrot into small sizes.
  4. Make your fresh tomato sauce by frying in hot oil with onions and little salt. Allow to dry up the water.
  5. Boil the basmati rice until it is done. Sieve and set aside.
  6. Using a low heat, pour the tomato sauce into a frying pan and spread it out.
  7. Add your basmati rice and mix thoroughly.
  8. Add your green pepper, bell pepper, chopped carrot, seasoning and stir.
  9. Add the chicken and plantain and mix properly.
  10. Enjoy!

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This article was first published on 8th August 2018


An Environment Resource Management graduate of Abia State University with her Masters in-view, Chinwe is also a Columnist, an OAP, a sought-after motivational speaker and writer with special interest in food and the balance of diet.

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