In the last nine months, the prices of commodities in the country have been on one direction – rise, all thanks to the removal of petrol subsidy and other policies of President Bola Tinubu.

Not only has transportation increased, prices of basic food in Nigeria are on thd very high side.

Local Rice

In a twinkle of an eye, the price of a bag of rice in Nigeria hit an unprecedented amount of ₦80,000.

Now, many households are seeking alternative food sources that are both nutritious and more affordable.


Crucial Need

Some people have even started producing their own foods.

The necessity to diversify the diet and explore other grains, legumes, and tubers that can serve as staples is more crucial than ever.


As usual we are here to help you in the little way we can.

In this article, you’ll find other foods you can incorporate into your meals as affordable and nutritious alternatives to rice.

Although, you must first be truthful to yourself and acknowledge that if you continue to buy rice at the current price, you will run into serious financial situation soon.

After this huddle, you will now adopt these other alternatives and eat them with joy.


Cassava And Its Derivatives

Cassava is a versatile root crop that can be processed into various forms such as garri, fufu, and tapioca.

Garri, when soaked in water, can be eaten with various soups or stews. Fufu, another derivative, serves as a great accompaniment for almost any Nigerian soup.



Maize can be boiled or roasted and eaten as a snack.

It can also be grounded into flour and used to make “tuwo” or “ogi” (pap).

This is a popular breakfast dish and can be paired with bean cake (akara) or moi moi.


Yam is a staple food in Nigeria that can be prepared in various ways – boiled, fried, or pounded into a smooth, stretchy dough called pounded yam, another excellent accompaniment for Nigerian soups.


Beans are a great source of protein and can be cooked in various forms – porridge, moi moi (bean pudding), or akara (bean cakes).

These dishes are not only nutritious but also offer substantial dietary fiber and other essential nutrients.

In fact, beans keep you full for a longer time than carbohydrate.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are highly nutritious and can be boiled, baked, or fried.

They serve as a great side dish or a main course and can be a healthy, filling alternative to rice.


Plantains can be eaten boiled, fried, or roasted and are an excellent source of vitamins A and C.

They can be a side dish or a main meal, depending on the preparation.

Millet and Sorghum

Millet and sorghum are grains that can be ground into flour and used to make porridge or tuwo.

These grains are particularly popular in the northern parts of Nigeria and are known for their health benefits, including high fiber content and essential minerals.

Also, you can make a great swallow from each of them or a combination of both.


Wheat flour is used to make bread, pasta, and pastries.

However, in Nigerian cuisine, it’s also used to make “wheat meal,” a doughy staple that serves as a substitute for pounded yam or garri with soups.

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The only thing you need to be sure of when adding wheat to your diet is that you do not have gluten intolerance.


Although not as common in Nigeria and more expensive than local grains, quinoa is a nutritious alternative that can be used in a similar fashion to rice.
It’s high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids.


Barley is another grain that can be prepared like rice and offers excellent health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and providing a high fiber content.

Adopt these alternatives and eat them for the great nutrients they offer. Truly they are all more nutritious than processed white rice.


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