mama cici's fried rice


My mum has this way of taking old food and making it seem so exotic. So the other day, when I was still in Nairobi on leave, my little brothers had just left for school and the other one wasn’t home, mum decided she would “make” me old rice for dinner. I was not very amused and did not like the idea much. She kind of used everything that was in the fridge. Old sausages, bacon, ham, peas, okra, carrots etc etc. Lets just say when I had my first bite I had to call my brother and tell him how mum made me special rice because I was the “only child”. So I tried making the same rice my self the other day. Obviously it was not as tasty as mums. Maybe it was because I made my sausages and bacon fresh or maybe its because I’m just not her ( I think it’s the later) it was still pretty good. I think my friend Mona enjoyed it. Let me know how you do. HAPPY COOKING!!

Mama Cici’s Fried Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3-4


  1. Old rice (about 2 cups)
  2. Onions
  3. Garlic
  4. Sausages chopped (cooked)
  5. Bacon chopped (cooked)
  6. Ham
  7. Carrots
  8. Red pepper
  9. Yellow pepper
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Sweet corn
  12. chillies
  13. Dhania
  14. Oil for frying


Fry the onions till they turn slightly transparent

Add in the garlic and cook till its aromatic and its started to brown

Add in the mushrooms, cook till they start to brown

Add in the sausages and bacon stir in well

Add the red and yellow pepper cook for about 2 mins

Add in the carrots cook for a minute

Add the sweet corn, chillies and dhania. Mix very well.

Add salt and pepper to taste

Add a little water

Add the rice, a little at a time mixing well after each addition.

If at any point you fill your rice is too dry, add just a little water.

Let the rice warm through.

Serve immediately


You can use ANY vegetable or left over meat you have in the fridge. You can also leave out the meats to make it vegetarian.

Feel free too add an egg and stir through on after adding in all the rice.


Written by David Mwakodi