West African-Style Fat Rice

20 minutes prep 55 minutes active cooking 1 hour + 15 minutes total
Makes 6 - 8 servings

Every rice-eating culture has a “rice with stuff” dish...

a bunch of vegetables and other savory bits cooked with the rice in a single pot. In Burkina Faso they call it riz gras, the French term for fat rice, and it combines eggplant, chiles, and other vegetables in a spicy, West African-style tomato sauce. Naturally, we used Fatou Ouattara’s Akadi Spicy Sauce for our version of the dish. Ouattara moved to Portland from the Cote d'Ivoire, and her sauce gives the riz gras a distinctly West African flavor.

Fatou Ouattara came to Portland from Bouaké, Cote D’Ivoire...

and opened her restaurant Akadi in 2018. Her flavorful sauces reflect her time cooking with grandmother.

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What You'll Need


For the shopping list

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chile, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth or water

From our shop

Out of stock

1/4 cup of  Novo Frantoio
$27.00– Tuscany - Italy
2 teaspoons of  Italian Fine Sea Salt
$7.00– Trapani - Sicily
1 cup of  Kokuho Rose Heirloom White Rice
$20.00– San Joaquin Valley - California
1 jar  Akadi Spicy Sauce
$10.00– Portland - Oregon


From the kitchen

  • Dutch oven or large saucepan
  • 1 Chef's Knife
  • 1 Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons

What you'll have to do

Step 1

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook the onion, jalapeno, garlic, eggplant, and sweet potato in 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 teaspoons salt over medium heat until the eggplant turns translucent, about 25 minutes.

Step 2

Add the jar of Akadi sauce, 1 cup rice, and 3 cups broth (or water), stir well, reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and cook for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and has absorbed most of the liquid. Don’t stir if you’re hoping for a browned, slightly crispy layer of rice on the bottom of the pot.

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