Tickle Your Taste Buds With This Tasty Recipe of Jollof Rice

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Tickle Your Taste Buds With This Tasty Recipe of Jollof Rice

Tickle Your Taste Buds With This Tasty Recipe of Jollof Rice

Published on : 07-12-2021

Spiced and stewed in a flavorful tomato broth, it is everything from "everyday" to celebration. The classic version is cooked with long-grain rice and seasoned with Nigerian-style curry powder and dried thyme. Served with fried, ripe plantains, which we call, dodo and coleslaw, it is everything. Note that the world might consider this a side but in Nigeria, it is the main. :)

Traditional jollof rice is cooked with two main ingredients - rice and tomatoes.


  • 2 large yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil(80 mL), plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 14 oz diced tomato(395 g), 2 cans
  • 6 oz tomato paste(170 g), 1 can
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon mixed dried herbs
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes, crushed
  • 2 ½ cups long grain rice(500 g), rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetable(150 g)
  • 1 ½ cups water(360 mL)


  • Add onions and 2 tablespoons of oil to a blender and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and habanero pepper to the blender, and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a separate medium bowl.
  • Heat the remaining ⅓ cup (80 ml) of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is shimmering, add the onion puree and cook until the water has cooked out and the puree is starting to brown for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato puree and add the curry powder, garlic powder, ginger, dried herbs, and crushed bouillon cubes. Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the stew has reduced by half and is deep red.
  • Add the rice, mixed vegetables, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with foil and a lid. Simmer for another 30 minutes, until the rice is cooked through and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Enjoy!

What Do You Eat with Jollof Rice?

Jollof rice in itself is a great dish but you can pair it with chicken, mutton, or even stir-fried veggies. We are sure you'll love this tomato-based tangy rice dish. They're the perfect contrast to the spicy, savory rice.