Liberian check rice is a loved dish there. Rice is enjoyed in some form on a near daily basis in Liberia. This rice is made with jute leaf which when cooked has the same texture that okra imparts to a dish. Jute leaf or molokehya is not always easy to find but is sometimes available in your local African or Middle eastern market. I used the typical substitute for this which is a combination of okra and spinach. It works well as a side to Liberian chicken gravy. Enjoy!
Liberian Check Rice
- 3 cups parboiled rice
- 16 oz Jute leaf (defrosted OR
- 10 oz each of frozen okra and chopped spinach
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup of water
- pinch of salt
- The instructions are the same whether using Jute leaf or a combination of okra and spinach
- In a pot add the frozen jute leaf or spinach and okra along with the water and the baking soda.
- When done, drain the water off using a strainer.
- Using a potato masher mash well then mix with your cooked rice.
- Make sure to not over cook the rice, you want it par-boiled and not at all mushy
- Enjoy with chicken gravy