How To Make Nigerian Jollof Rice

Nigerian Jollof Rice is a popular and delicious West African dish that’s known for its rich flavor and vibrant color. 

How To Make Nigerian Jollof Rice

Here’s a basic recipe for making Nigerian Jollof Rice

Ingredients Needed

  • Long-grain parboiled rice
  • Vegetable oil
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Blended or finely chopped tomatoes
  • Blended or finely chopped red bell pepper
  • Finely chopped green bell pepper
  • Scotch bonnet peppers (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Thyme
  • Curry powder
  • Paprika or cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Chicken or beef broth
  • Cooked peas and carrots (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step By Step Instructions

  • Stir in the thyme, curry powder, paprika or cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Cook the mixture for a few more minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Add the parboiled rice to the pot and stir well to coat the rice with the pepper and tomato mixture.
  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth. The liquid should be about an inch above the level of the rice. If you’re adding peas and carrots, you can mix them in at this stage.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. You can occasionally check and stir gently to prevent burning or sticking but avoid over-stirring to maintain the distinct grains of rice.
  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it gently with a fork to separate the grains. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Cover the pot and let the Jollof Rice rest for a few minutes before serving.

Nigerian Jollof Rice is often served with fried plantains, coleslaw, or a protein of your choice like grilled chicken or beef. 

Enjoy your flavorful and aromatic Nigerian Jollof Rice!

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