Jollof Rice: How to Prepare Best Nigerian Jollof

Jollof Rice is a rich and amazingly tasty West African one-pot Meal.

Nigerian Jollof Rice Picture
Nigerian Jollof Rice Picture

This is of the most popular Nigerian party rice recipe and a common sight in parties. But, come on.., what are we (Africans) supposed to eat at parties? Burgers? Lol

The following are other variants of Jollof Rice. Click on the links for the recipes:

And even, the vegan jollof rice.

It is an adaptable dish, which is usually made from scratch using Rice, Tomatoes (fresh or tinned), Pimento peppers, Tomato paste (with or without), Scotch bonnet, Onions, Salt, and other spices.

What is Jollof Rice?

Jellof Rice, or at times called as jellof rice, is a traditional rice dish prepared in a flavorful tomato-based broth.

Flavorful, easy, and perfectly African, this classic dish Jellof rice is best for any time in the day or special occasions!

West African Jollof Rice

Jellof rice is one of the most popular West African dishes eaten in the regions of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Togo, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Liberia, etc.

Which West African Country Cooks The Best Jollof Rice?

With its several regional variations in name and ingredients, there is NO absolute right or wrong way of cooking this popular African rice recipe.

Hence, no West African country can claim that title

Each of these West African countries has their variation of this meal.  It is low-priced and simple to make yet, delicious.

Recipe for Jollof Rice

Notwithstanding its many variations and secret ingredients, the most common ingredients of a jellof rice recipe are as follows:

Jollof Rice Ingredients

  • Rice (uncooked long-grain rice)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chicken broth (or water)
  • Onions
  • Cooking oil
  • Vegetables (like peas and carrots)
  • Hot pepper
  • Salt
  • Scotch bonnet pepper or hot pepper

How to Cook Jollof Rice?

We have two methods preparing this traditional West African delicacy:

  • The Stovetop Method
  • The Oven Method

Jollof Rice Stovetop Method

When cooking Jellof rice, building a flavor base is important. Don’t be in haste, each step counts so try to do each of the steps in detail.

Start With Stew Preparation

  1. Firstly sauté the Onions, this should take about 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Secondly, stir in the Tomato paste. This adds a deep and rich tomato flavor; fry this for another 5 minutes or so.
  3. After that, add the spices for jollof rice- Ginger and Garlic and cook along with the Tomato paste for another two minutes; stir occasionally to avoid burning
  4. Then, add the blended peppers. Usually, there is no particular time frame for frying this pepper. Fry for another 20 to 25 minutes depending on the quantity of water in your blended pepper.
  5. Lastly, for the flavor, add the Thyme, Salt, white pepper (good but optional), Curry powder, and seasoning cubes. Adjust the seasoning.
  6. Now, stir in my Rice. Ensure you stir the Rice properly until you cover each grain of Rice with the sauce.
  7. Add the chicken stock. Give it a brief stir and cover it up with a tight-fitting lid or foil paper.
  8. This is because Jollof cooks with steam to turn out well.
  9. Once, the rice comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low immediately, and continue to cook until the rice is done about 20 to 25 minutes.

Jellof Rice Baking Method

  • Firstly, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse rice through the water.
  • Secondly, get a half sheet baking pan (12-13/16″ l. x 10-7/16″ w. x 2-1/2”) mix all ingredients, and stir thoroughly.
  • Then, cover tightly with aluminum foil paper. Double if you can, it helps cook faster.
  • Carefully place in the oven and let it cook for about 70-80 minutes. Then, remove gently.
  • After that, allow cooling for about 5 minutes before removing the aluminum paper.
  • Lastly, fluff rice with a fork, thrown in your add-ins, and mix evenly. Serve warm.
What to Serve with Jollof Rice?

You can serve this delicious Nigerian rice dish alone or with just about any meat (chicken for me) or non-meat recipes, salads, Fried plantains, etc.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 559 kcal (28%)| Carbohydrates: (20%)| Fat: 80 g (27%)| Protein: 10 g, 22 g (34%)| Saturated Fat: 3 g (19%)| Sodium: 1443 mg (63%)| Potassium: 642 mg (18%)| Fiber: 6g (25%)| Sugar: 4g (4%)| ,Vitamin A: 5685 IU (114%)| Vitamin C: 19.9 mg (24%)| Calcium: 69 mg (7%)| Iron: 3.1 mg (17%)

Questions People Ask

Nigerian Jollof Rice or Ghanaian Jollof Rice – Who’s  Rice Is Better?

A: All I know is that a good cook is a good cook at any time of the day irrespective of the dish or country.

Though, the cooking methods vary between Nigerian and Ghanaian Jellof, with the main difference being in the type of rice used. There is still No competition or war!

Personally, it’s like Much Ado about Nothingˌ

Q: What Type Of Rice Is Best For Jellof Rice?

A: A lot of rice types can make a good Jellof rice.- the long grain parboiled rice, Basmati rice, short/medium grain, etc.

Q: What Does Jollof Rice Mean?

A: Jellof rice, also called ‘Benachin’ meaning one pot in the Wolof language, is a popular dish in many parts of West Africa according to Wiki

Q: What Is The Origin Of Jollof Rice?

A: The most assumed theory for the development of the dish explains Jellof Rice as having its origins in the Senegambia region of West Africa, in the ancient Wolof or Jolof Empire, during the 14th-16th century.

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