World-famous Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a very popular West African dish that has sometimes sparked friendly arguments as to who makes the best.

And that friendly discussion is between Ghanaians and Nigerians, it’s all fun and games because we love each other.

Jollof rice originated from the Wolof, an ethnic group in parts of Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania all on the West coast of Africa.

Sometime last week a popular food website posted a very diluted version of Jollof Rice which they claimed was Ghanaian; which really angered a lot of Ghanaians and other West Africans.

But my wife and I agreed that getting angry wasn’t the solution to combat such an atrocity šŸ™‚ but rather we needed to create a video showing a better version of this great West African delicacy.

In my household, I or my wife make it once a week served with some Kelewele.

I’m yet to meet an individual who’s not from the West African region who doesn’t love Jollof.

There might be a complaint about the heat or spiciness in it but that can be controlled. And if you don’t enjoy it I have to question the cook.

You can get all the ingredients at your local grocery store or order it online at Amazon.

So here you are and have a great week!

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World-famous Jollof Rice
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Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a highly popular West African rice dish that is made out of rice, tomatoes/ tomato sauce, spices/herbs.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 280 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Cup Canola Oil
  • 4 Habanero Peppers You can use fewer or more depending on your tolerance level
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1.5 Cups Cups Tomato Paste You can also use fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cube Cube Bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp Seaoned Salt
  • 5 Cups Basmati Rice
  • 5 Cups Chicken Stock / Broth You can add more if you like your rice softer or stickier
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger Blended
  • 1 Bulb Onion

Instructions

  1. First of all, warm up your oil in a saucepan for five minutes
  2. Add the onions and let it cook for about 5 minutes
  3. Add the blended garlic and ginger
  4. Add the tomato paste and 2 cups of water. Stir for a few minutes until the sauce is nice and smooth and let it simmer for about 15- 20 minutes.
  5. You can now include the Basmati Rice and let it cook for another 30 minutes. Cover the rice mix with a foil wrap with the saucepan lid over it. The foil traps the steam and allows it to cook a well and faster. Stir the mix every 5 - 10 minutes until cooked. Your world famous Jollof rice is ready!

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5 from 8 votes
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Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a highly popular West African rice dish that is made out of rice, tomatoes/ tomato sauce, spices/herbs.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 275 kcal
Author fnonterah2018



16 thoughts on “Jollof Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Love this! My husband and I love rice and I can’t wait to make it! And I love the explanation of the Jollof Rice and and how people debate over whose is best! Great post- and I pinned it so I can make it later!

  2. 5 stars
    At home we eat a lot of rice but usually prepared in the Asian way. Iā€™d love to try Africana way! Thanks for this recipe – it seems easy to make yet tasty!

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious! Full of heat!! Must be so tasty!! I do love spicy food, so I think I’d go with the 4 habaneros lol!!

  4. 5 stars
    I need to make dinner soon and I am thinking about what I can make. I think I may just use your recipe. It sounds fantastic. I would probably have to use jalapeno though. My husband used the last of the habaneros. He needs to have everything super spicy so I should just run to the grocery to get habaneros haha. I’m thinking out loud.

    1. I’VE USED Jalapeno in the past, so that should be fine. Plus I’m sure you have cayenne which will work just as well. Thanks for stopping April!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow, the flavors in this rice sound absolutely incredible! I can’t wait to try this recipe the next time I make rice šŸ™‚

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