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Jollof rice ingredients, how to make it delicious

Jollof rice ingredients, how to make it delicious

Jollof rice is one of the delicacies cooked and enjoyed in Nigeria and worldwide. It’s one meal that has brought some controversy. The debate as to which country makes the best jollof rice recipe. In this article you will learn the jollof rice ingredients and how to make delicious Jollof rice.

It is a simple and quick dish made with tomatoes and pepper.

Jollof rice is a West African dish that is common in most households. Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and Liberia are some of the countries that eat it. However, each of these countries has its unique way of making the meal.

It was a typical dish in my house growing up, and at parties, it is still a very much loved dish as no Sunday is complete without this meal being prepared in many homes. This meal is one of the many reasons I love attending parties and events in Nigeria. Asides from the music and fun, this meal takes every party to another level. There is a saying that no party is complete without Jollof rice. 

How to make Nigerian Jollof rice 

There are many different ways to cook this delicacy. It is a simple dish made with rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, red bell pepper, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, and spices. If it doesn’t have the ingredients as mentioned earlier, then it’s not true Jollof. It is one dish that does not need so many ingredients, and it does take time to prepare. It can be cooked in several ways and garnished with other items. It is not a one-way street meal whereby if you miss an ingredient or step, the whole meal loses its taste. With this meal, one can be very creative and develop different varieties of the same delicacy.

How to make Ghana Jollof rice

The significant difference between Ghana and Nigeria’s own is the rice used to make the dish. Nigerians use long grain rice, while Ghanaians use basmati or Jasmine rice.

To make Ghanaian own, follow the recipe in the video.

How to make Senegalese jollof rice

The dish is called Thieboudienne (also ceebu jen or thiebou dieune). It is a national dish in the country. The dish has been compared severally to the Nigerian and Ghanaian own as to which country makes the best Jollof rice. Here are the ingredients and recipe for making the Senegalese own.

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Ingredients

  1. Rice, preferably Jasmine rice. But if you don’t have that, you can use any rice if you choose.
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Tomato paste
  4. pepper mix
  5. Garlic and ginger
  6. Oil
  7. Seasoning cubes
  8. Stock
  9. Black pepper
  10. salt to taste
  11. fish
  12.  Sweet potato
  13. Carrots 
  14. Cabbage
  15.  For Bell peppers, you can use different colours or just one colour.

Conclusion

Many homes enjoy eating Jollof rice. As a child growing up, I remember how we used to anticipate it on Sundays. It is one dish that has stirred up many controversies, such as the controversy between Ghana and Nigerian Jollof rice. Both countries’ Jollof rice have different and unique tastes that cannot be compared.

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Jollof rice ingredients, how to make it delicious
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Jollof rice is one of the delicacies cooked and enjoyed in Nigeria and worldwide. It’s one meal that has brought some controversy. The debate as to which country makes the best jollof rice recipe. In this article you will learn the jollof rice ingredients and how to make delicious Jollof rice.

Type: Main Dish

Cuisine: Nigerian

Keywords: Jollof rice

Recipe Yield: 1

Calories: 225

Preparation Time: PT1H00M

Cooking Time: PT0H30M

Total Time: PT1H30M

Recipe Video Name: NIGERIAN PARTY JOLLOF RICE

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Tomato paste
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Cooking oil(could be vegetable or groundnut oil)
  • Rice (any type)
  • Stock(chicken, fish or meat)
  • Salt to taste
  • Curry and thyme
  • A mixture of peppers of your choice(Rodo, Tatashe, Bawa)
  • All-purpose seasoning or any seasoning cubes of your choice.
  • Bay leaves
  • Water, if needed

Recipe Instructions:

How to make Nigerian Jollof rice:

  • Wash and clean your ingredients, especially your vegetables and the rice.
  • You can start by blending your tomatoes, pepper mix and ginger and garlic In a blender or food processor for a few seconds, depending on how smooth you want it to be. I will recommend 45 seconds to one minute.
  • In a pan on low heat, add your oil. You can use any oil of your choice, but I prefer to use vegetable oil because it is cheaper and readily available in the market. You can proceed to add your onions, fry till it becomes translucent, then add in your tomato paste and stir for about 3-4minutes. Stir continuously to avoid burning. You can then go ahead to add in your tomato and pepper mix. Make sure you stir consistently so that the tomato mixture does not burn.
  • Add in the stock of your choice depending on the protein being used. Suppose it’s chicken; you might want to add chicken stock. Mix and add your seasonings (salt, curry powder, thyme and any other seasoning). I usually add a bit of black pepper to mine because it brings out the taste of the meal. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.
  • You can add the parboiled rice to the pot. Mix it very well with the tomato stew. Make sure you are using a wooden spoon. Be careful not to stir to the bottom as it may cause the rice to burn fast. If you need to add water, add it at this point. The water should be enough to cover the rice. Taste to see if the seasonings are in the right proportion. If you need to add more seasoning, this is the time to do so. Add the bay leaves, cover the pot, and let it cook on medium or low heat for about 15-30 minutes.
  • The critical step is allowing the steam to cook the food evenly. Jollof rice cooks well with steam and not water. You can cover it with a foil or a clean napkin to trap the steam. Let it cook for another 5-10 minutes heat until the liquid has completely dried up. You can add your desired vegetables if you wish. Turn off the heat, mix and your delicious Jollof rice is ready.
  • Jollof rice is best eaten with any protein of your choice, a side dish of plantain, salad or moi-moi and served with a cold drink.

How to make Senegalese jollof rice:

  • You start by sautéing the sliced onions in the oil over medium heat until translucent. Add in the tomato paste, and stir fry for 5 minutes. The tomato paste may start to brown a little.
  • Then go ahead to add the ground garlic and scotch bonnet and stir fry for another 2 minutes. Add in bullion, black pepper, and 8 cups of water. At this stage, taste the sauce for salt, and adjust it to your preference.
  • The next step is to add the tough vegetable into the sauce and cook until tender. In this case, add the sweet potatoes, cook until tender and remove, then the carrots, cook until tender and remove. Add each vegetable until they are cooked.
  • After cooking the vegetables, Set the cooked vegetables aside and then add the fish and cook in the sauce for 2-5 minutes. Now, the next step is to drain the rice that has been cooking and pour it into the sauce. The sauce should cover the rice. Cover the rice with the right amount of water.
  • Cover the pot and let it simmer on low-medium heat for 15-20 minutes. You may seal the pot’s cover with foil to prevent steam from escaping.
  • After about 15minutes, you can check that the rice has absorbed the moisture and is soft. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes if it needs more time. If the water has dried up and the rice is still not soft, add in 4 tbsp of water, cover and allow to cook. Serve hot with vegetables, fish, and lime wedges.
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