Jollof Rice


Jollof rice is a highly popular West African dish that has sometimes sparked friendly arguments as to who makes the best Jollof rice. Nigerians and Ghanaians are the main culprits of this Jollof debates, and their back and forth resulted in a Twitter #JollofWars.

Jollof rice originated from the Wolof, an ethnic group in parts of Senegal, the Gambia and Mauritania. I have also included a video of me making Jollof Rice below.

Jollof Rice

 

 

 

 


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Jollof Rice
Jollof Rice is rice cooked with tomato sauce, onions, oil, and spices.
Jollof Rice Recipe
Course Main Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 2 Hours
Passive Time 60 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine West African
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 2 Hours
Passive Time 60 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Jollof Rice Recipe
Instructions
  1. Cut onion into small cubes.
  2. Blend Habanero peppers and ginger. Add in a teaspoon of water/chicken stock to make the blending process easier.
  3. Begin the process by placing oil in a pan; preheat using medium heat on your stove settings.
  4. Add the freshly cut onions and let them fry for 2-5 minutes.
  5. Add in the blended Habanero peppers and ginger. Allow this to cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Add the tomato sauce and salt and let your sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes using medium heat. (NOTE: this part of the dish should take you around 25 minutes)
  7. Add your white rice. Mix the rice and sauce well using a wooden spoon/spatula.
  8. Add the stock/broth
  9. Lower the temperature and let the Jollof cook with constant stirring every 10 minutes for about an hour or until your rice is soft to the touch.
  10. Your Jollof rice from West Africa is ready! I love to eat Jollof with chicken and salad!
Recipe Notes

Link to Bongo Chicken: http://www.fredinthekitchen.com/recipe/bongo-chicken/

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41 thoughts on “Jollof Rice

  1. Queenette Nwobodo

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. fnonterah@gmail.com

      You’re welcome Queenette… 🙂

  2. fnonterah@gmail.com

    Queenette, it took me a while to share my recipe… 🙂

  3. Erica

    This jollof rice looks delicious and sounds relatively easy! Thanks for introducing me to a new method of cooking rice!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Erica, it is quite easy.

  4. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    I’ve heard a lot about jollof rice and still haven’t tried yet. I’ll better give it a try ASAP looks delish!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes, use the video as a guide. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Marie-Pierre

    Habanero peppers!!! Love everything with it, glad to learn about African gastronomy through your posts! Great Job!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Marie-Pi! Yeah, we have a lot of great meals!

  6. Sarah

    That’s some good looking rice. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Sarah!

  7. Corina @ Searching for Spice

    This rice sounds delicious – full of flavour! It makes such a difference when you add a few spices and I’m sure it would be a perfect side dish to some tasty spicy chicken as well!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      I love my Jollof rice with chicken, thanks Corina!

  8. Aish Das-Padihari

    Had never heard of Jollof Rice before. This is the best part about food blogging and networking – you learn so much everyday.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      And its best done with Basmati rice… Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    I love rice dishes. They are great with so many recipes. The peppers and ginger would add some pretty awesome flavours. You really know how to raise the flavour level.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Gloria, I love mine hot and spicy. Thanks a lot!

  10. Ticker Eats The World

    Nice interesting and simple recipe and look really delicious. The ginger root is a nice little touch which will bring a sing to the dish.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      I love, love ginger because of the kick it brings to food. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Such a great video Fred. It shows just how easy Jollof rice is to make. And loving the ingredients. . .but I don’t know how easy it is to find stock from the Bongo chicken (I’ll have to stick with what they carry at Whole Foods). 😉

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Sure Lynn, you can use the stock from whole foods. Or you can also use the stock you get from baking a whole chicken at home. Thanks for stopping by.

  12. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    Your rice recipe sounds so delicious Fred. I love the addition of habanero peppers and ginger, I grow habanero peppers every summer. Pinning for later, thanks for sharing.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Wow Sarah, you grow Habaneros! That’s so cool, I’m glad to hear that. I need to grow some habaneros of my own.

  13. Sarah

    Love spicy food! This rice sounds incredible!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Sarah!

  14. Derek | Dad With A Pan

    This reminds me of Spanish rice, but looks like its super spicy. I love it! Keep brining us these awesome African recipes!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Thanks Derek Let me know how it goes when you try it.

  15. Melissa

    This dish sounds amazing! It almost reminds me of a risotto (the method of cooking anyways!). We have almost all the ingredients on hand so I will have to give it a try~

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Wow, never thought of it that way :). Thanks Melissa!

  16. Nicole

    This looks so great! I am always looking for a tasty rice dish that’s out of the boring norm. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Jollof rice is an exciting kind of rice.

  17. Eileen

    Oooo, I love that there are two habaneros in this dish. I love the spicy and and fruity flavor of habaneros. This looks super delicious and I can’t wait to make it.

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Jollof is one of the best ever!

  18. Allison

    The spice of habeneros and ginger sounds so good. The addition of homemade stock takes it over the top!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Allison, home made stock is ten times better. Thanks

  19. Nicole

    I’ve heard of Jollof rice but never tried it – this looks incredibly tasty and your video makes it look so easy, I have to try it!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Yes Nicole its quite easy! Let me know when you try it.

  20. April

    I bet this is so good. I love rice. I was taught how to make jollof rice like 20 years ago. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      You were? Good to know that!

  21. Azlin Bloor

    How absolutely fabulous! I love jollof rice and make it quite often, learnt from some Nigerian friends i have here. Yours looks just amazing!

    1. Fred Nonterah

      Oh really!!! I’m glad to hear that you make Jollof :).


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