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 🙂 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!

Recipe Notes

 

 

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



Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

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Kaklo, this week’s recipe is so dear to my heart because it has always been one of my favorite meals.

This is different from fried plantains aka Kelewele.

The difference is that Kaklo is made cornflour and Kelewele is not.

I always looked forward to lunch on Fridays as a kid. Because I knew I was going to be eating either fried plantains or Kaklo with beans stew.

The day you try this recipe you’ll feel cheated because it took you so long to find out about this wonderful recipe.

Also, don’t keep this recipe to yourself share it with your guests,  spices can found on Amazon.

Kaklo
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Kaklo (ripe plantain spicy cakes)

Extremely ripe plantains mashed and deep fried into spicy cakes.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author fnonterah2018

Ingredients

  • 5 Ripe Plantains
  • 2 Cups Canola Oil (For deep fry)
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 1/2 Pound Ginger Root
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Cut up the ripe plantains into little pieces
  2. Put in a blender together with all the other ingredients and blend until its a smooth puree
  3. With an ice cream scoop, fill up the scoop with the mix; you can also make the balls with your palm
  4. Deep fry them for about 10 minutes or until its like the above shown picture. And your Kaklo is ready to be devoured!

 

Shitto (Hot Sauce)

 

Shitto
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Shitto

A hot and spicy hot sauce made in Ghana, and other part of West Africa. 

Cuisine West African
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Powdered Shrimp
  • 1 Pound Powdered Bony Fish Or Anchovies
  • 1 Tbsp Powdered Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Bulb Onions Blended
  • 1/4 Pound Ginger root Blended
  • 1 Cube Maggie
  • 1 Cup Canola Oil
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 14 oz Tomato Paste
  • 3 Habanero Pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by frying the blended onions for 5 minutes.
  2. Add your blended ginger and let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add bony fish and shrimp powder and stir in the Maggie cube.
  4. Lower the stove and let it simmer for another 20-30 minutes and add your can of tomato paste.
  5. After about 7 minutes your world famous shitto is ready.

Recipe Notes

I know, the name is quite close to a certain bad word we all know, and actually a British TV network run a story on it in hilarious fashion.  However those who've tasted it know what the deal is, no other hot sauce in the world comes close.

Growing up, Shitto was a delicacy and we had it a few times a year. We would eat it with rice, Waakye, Kenkey, Banku; and can also be used as a dip for fries, spring rolls, dumplings, etc.



West African-Style Bongo Chicken

West African-Style Bongo Chicken

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Bongo Chicken
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West African-Style Bongo Chicken

Bongo Chicken is a West African-Inspired recipe that I crested with a collection of different spices.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine West African
Keyword West African-Style Bongo Chicken
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 5
Calories 1200 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Bulb Onion
  • 2 Habanero Peppers
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1/8 Pound Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Creole Seasoning You can use seasoned salt or Adobo Seasoning as a substitute.
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Whole Chicken (Medium)

 

West African-Style Bongo Chicken is very dear to my heart because I created it myself.

I got the name from an African drum set called Bongo drums or Congas.

Back when I was in college at Philadelphia, I would make Bongo Chicken and my friends loved it!

I used to think to myself I need to give this recipe a name. So since I loved the congas I figured I’ll come up with my own name. So that’s the story behind this great recipe.

Serve the freshly West African-Style Bongo Chicken recipe with a bowl of rice, potatoes, pasta, or your favorite side dish.

The ingredients can be found at your local supermarket or by using this Amazon link.

Amazon has been a blessing during this self-isolation period because you can purchase almost anything from there.