Nigerian jollof rice is the kind of dish that makes your taste buds stand up and do a happy dance. It’s a flavor explosion that hits you right in the mouth and leaves you feeling like you’ve just been transported to a food heaven.
It is a classic West African dish that has become a popular staple across the world. It is a flavorful, one-pot rice dish that is made with a combination of rice, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and spices. It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of sides such as fried plantains, salad, and coleslaw.
Picture this: a steaming hot plate of fluffy rice, infused with the rich flavors of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a secret blend of spices that’s been passed down from generation to generation. It’s like a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make Nigerian Jollof rice:
3 cups of long-grain rice
3 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
2 Scotch bonnet peppers (optional)
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 teaspoons of curry powder
1 teaspoon of thyme
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon of dried basil
2 seasoning cubes
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Salt to taste
- Rinse the rice in cold water and set aside to drain.
- Blend the tomatoes, bell peppers, Scotch bonnet peppers (if using), onion, and garlic in a blender until smooth.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Add the blended tomato mixture to the pot and stir well. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has reduced and thickened.
- Add the tomato paste, curry powder, thyme, smoked paprika, bay leaves, dried basil, seasoning cubes, and salt to taste. Stir well to combine.
- Add enough water to the pot to cover the tomato mixture, about 4-5 cups. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Add the rice to the pot and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.
- Allow the rice to cook for about 25-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed. If the rice is still undercooked, add a little more water and continue cooking until tender.
- Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from heat and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to allow the steam to escape.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and serve with your preferred sides.
Tips: For a more authentic Nigerian Jollof rice, use parboiled rice instead of regular long-grain rice.
Adjust the amount of Scotch bonnet peppers used based on your spice tolerance. You can also add vegetables such as carrots, peas, and green beans to the Jollof rice for a more nutritious meal. Simply add them to the pot before adding the rice.
If you’re ever feeling down, just remember that there’s a plate of Nigerian jollof rice out there waiting to lift your spirits and make you laugh with joy. It’s the ultimate comfort food, the OG of rice dishes, the. OK, I’ll stop now. But seriously, try it. You won’t regret it.