Mozambique was a famous slave trading place during the 19th century as it is located in a coastal tropical area. It is still well-known today for the coconut farming business, and coconut milk is used in many of their fine recipes such as the one below. This rice dish originated in Mozambique, South Africa and serves four (4).


2 tbls. vegetable oil

˝ cup onions (chopped finely)

1 small green pepper (chop finely)

1 cup uncooked long grain rice

1 tsp. salt

1 ˝ cups coconut milk (can be made by chopping 1 ˝ cups coconut and add to 1 ˝ cups hot water)

2 tomatoes (chopped finely)

2 tsp. chilies (chopped finely)


In a large skillet, heat the oil. Sauté onions and green pepper for 5 minutes over moderate heat. Add rice and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk mixture, tomatoes and salt. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. When all liquid is absorbed, remove pan from heat and stir in chillies. Cover and let set at room temperature for 10 minutes. Serve warm.


Serves 4.


country : Mozambique

course : side dish


source : African Cookery / Annette Merson