Garau-garau in Northern Nigeria is usually a meal that is cooked plain without any ingredients (such as beans, rice, pasta, or a combination of rice and beans), which is later seasoned with spices after food is done. Garau-garau is so easy to put together, and a sure way to use up your leftovers.

In this recipe, I added stir-fried chicken to take it up a notch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


  • 1 cup Beans
  • Potash (pinch)
  • 1 ½ Cups Rice
  • 2 Chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh root ginger (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chilli flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • ½ Cup Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Red bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 Bouillion cubes
  • Yaji pepper
  • Small bunch Lettuce(sliced)
  • 3 Tablespoons Groundnut oil



In a pot, cover thoroughly washed beans with water, and add potash. Allow to boil for 15 minutesAdd washed rice, and salt if desired. Stir and cook covered until done.

Marinate chicken breasts; add soy sauce, ginger, and chilli flakes.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok or non-stick frying pan.

Add the garlic and stir fry until lightly golden, then add chicken.

Continue to stir-fry until chicken is crisp on the outside, and cooked through (about 10 minutes).

To assemble, scoop cooked rice and beans into a deep dish. Add chopped onions, bell peppers, and crushed boullion cubes. Sprinkle Yaji as desired. Add sliced lettuce and groundnut oil. Toss using a spoon.

Serve on a plate, with the stir-fried chicken.

And voila! Your delicious garau-garau is ready to eat

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