Jollof Rice in Nigeria isn’t just a delicious West African dish, it’s a national obsession.
In reality, in most homes and owanbe celebration,it is the most common essential meal that has gained grounds over the years.
Jollof rice is a celebrated meal in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, and Senegal. This is because of the popular trademarks it carries in Nigeria owanbe parties and the likes.
Let me share a secret, I attend owanbe celebration mainly because of the special party jollof rice. OMG / The smoky flavour is just incomparable.
While on the internet there has been a lot of speculation about where it came from, and whose jollof rice tastes better, well, I’ll say it all balls down to your preference.
What is Jollof Rice?
Jollof Rice otherwise known as jellof rice, is a classic rice dish cooked in a tasty tomato-based broth.
With its many regional variations in name and ingredients, there is absolutely no right or wrong way of cooking this distinguished African rice recipe. Your jollof rice will perfectly come out nice as long as you have the key ingredients and season properly.
The delicious dish consists mainly of rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable oil, onions, chicken stock, salt, spices and scotch bonnet pepper, bay leaves, curry and thyme powder, water.
How to Cook?
There are diverse ways to cook Jollof Rice but today, foodluna will be sharing with you how to do it in just 5 simply steps
1. In a blender, mix your tomatoes, red pepper, scotch bonnet peppers for 45 seconds. On medium/high heat, heat your oil, then add the onions and fry until they turn golden brown. Add the tomato paste and fry for approximately 2-3 minutes.
2. Then add the mixed tomato mixture and fry the mixture for about 30 minutes with the onions and tomato paste. Make sure you stir regularly in order not to burn the tomato mixture
3.Then pour the chicken stock and add all the seasonings to your taste. Boil for 10 minutes.
4. Add the parboiled rice. If you need to add water at this point so that the rice is even with the tomato mixture, do so. Add the bay leaves, cover the pot, and cook for 15-30 minutes.
5.Add the remaining tomato stew when it is almost dried up, cover it and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes. Put off the cooking gas, mix thoroughly, and you’re ready to eat your Jollof rice!
Just about anything can be served with Jollof rice. Think baked chicken, lettuce, fried plantain, chicken stew (African-style) Suya, Asun (Spicy Roast Goat), Curried Goat Stew, African Beef Stew, Cucumber, Tomato Salad, Moin Moin, Fish Pepper Soup or whatever comes to mind. Above all, a very versatile and tasty dish.
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