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How to Prepare Nigeria Jollof Rice: Recipe and Steps

Nigeria Jollof rice is a delicious and popular rice dish that is enjoyed by many people in Nigeria and across West Africa. This meal is a staple in most Nigerian households and is often served at social events, celebrations, and special occasions. Preparing Nigerian Jollof rice may seem daunting, but with the right ingredients and steps, you can make a delicious pot of Jollof rice that your family and friends will love.

Recipes:

  • 4 cups of long-grain rice
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers (Ata Rodo)
  • 2 onions
  • 2 teaspoons of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons of white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of chicken or beef stock
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger paste
  • 1 bay leaf

Cooking Steps:

  1. Rinse the rice in a colander and set aside to drain.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the tomatoes, red bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers to a smooth paste.
  3. Heat up a large pot on medium heat, and add the vegetable oil.
  4. Add the chopped onions to the pot, and sauté until they become translucent.
  5. Add the garlic and ginger paste to the pot, and sauté for a few seconds.
  6. Add the tomato paste and stir, allowing it to cook for a few minutes.
  7. Add the blended pepper mix to the pot, and stir to combine with the tomato paste. Allow it to cook for 10-15 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  8. Add the thyme, curry powder, white pepper, and bay leaf to the pot and stir.
  9. Pour the chicken or beef stock into the pot and stir to combine.
  10. Add the rice to the pot and stir to ensure that the rice is well coated with the sauce.
  11. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat to low.
  12. Allow the rice to cook for 25-30 minutes until it is fully cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.
  13. Remove the pot from heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.
  14. Serve the Nigerian Jollof rice with your choice of protein, salad, or coleslaw.

Conclusion:

Nigerian Jollof rice is a delicious and easy-to-prepare meal that is enjoyed by many people in Nigeria and across West Africa. By following these simple steps and using the right ingredients, you can make a tasty pot of Jollof rice that your family and friends will love. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to try out a new recipe, Nigerian Jollof rice is a great option for any mealtime.

How to Prepare Nigeria Jollof Rice: Recipe and Steps

Recipe by Tasty African FoodCourse: Food Recipe
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

27

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

275

kcal

Ingredients

  • The Rice
  • 1/2 cup oil

  • 1 medium onion sliced

  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 tablespoon ginger

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon thyme

  • 1 tablespoon curry Powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • white Pepper or black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon powder or 3 cubes

  • 4 cups long-grain rice

  • 3-4 cups chicken stock

  • 1 large tomato sliced

  • 1 medium onion sliced

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • The Sauce
  • 3 red bell pepper

  • 3 Plum tomatoes

  • 1 medium red onion

  • 2 scotch bonnet/habanero

  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • First, make the tomato-based sauce by blending the red bell peppers (pimento), tomatoes, onion, and scotch bonnet.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add the diced onions and let them cook for about 3 minutes or until they are soft.
  • Next, add the tomato paste and fry for about 5 minutes. Then stir in garlic, ginger, and bay leaves—leave to cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the blended sauce and allow the pepper to cook until the water is reduced and the sauce becomes thick —about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Season with thyme, curry powder, bouillon cubes, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for another 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the rinsed rice to the sauce and stir until it is well coated with the sauce. Then add the chicken stock, stir briefly, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and bring to a quick boil over high heat.
  • Once it begins to boil—after about 3 to 5 minutes, reduce the heat immediately to low and steam until the rice is done—about 30 minutes.
  • Add the butter, sliced tomato, and onions, stir together briefly and turn off the heat. Cover it immediately so that the heat remaining in the rice can steam up the vegetables for a bit.
  • Serve with sweet fried plantains, roasted chicken, or salad.

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