Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice

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380g Brown rice or Basmati rice
50cl Vegetable or chicken broth
3 Tomatoes
1 Red bell pepper
1 West Indian pepper
2 Onions
3 Garlic cloves
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 teaspoon Grated ginger
1 teaspoon Paprika
1 teaspoon Curry
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Rosemary
2 Laurel leaves
Salt & Pepper
  • 1h20
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



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Discover Jollof Rice, an emblematic dish of African cuisine

Jollof Rice is an emblematic dish of African cuisine, especially in West Africa. It is a tasty and nutritious dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, chilies and spices. We will explore the history of this iconic Jollof rice, its preparation, its different variations and its health benefits.

History of this Delicious West African Rice

Jollof Rice originated in West Africa, where it is considered a national dish in countries like Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. According to culinary historians, the name “Jollof” comes from the name of the ancient Jolof Empire, located in the Gambia and Senegal region. The dish first appeared in the kitchen of the royal Jolof court in the 14th century, where it was served on special occasions such as weddings and ceremonies.

How to prepare Jolof Rice?

To prepare Jollof Rice, you will need rice, tomatoes, onions, chilies, spices and chicken or vegetable broth. The first step is to fry the onions and chilies in oil, then add the tomatoes and spices. Once the sauce is well simmered, you can add the rice and broth, and let it cook until the rice is done.

Recipe Variations

Jollof Rice can be prepared in a variety of ways, depending on the ingredients available and personal preference. Some replace the chicken broth with coconut milk for a creamier texture, while others add vegetables such as carrots and peas for added nutrients. Jollof rice can also be made with fish or meat, depending on taste.

How can I customize it?

You can add additional ingredients such as fresh herbs like coriander or parsley, or nuts and dried fruit for a crunchy, sweet touch. You can also vary the spices to get different flavors, such as ginger, cumin or turmeric.

Health Benefits of Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a healthy and balanced dish because it is rich in nutrients and fiber. The rice provides carbohydrates for energy, while the tomatoes and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals. Spices such as chili have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a healthy dish.

Make your own homemade Jollof Rice!

Jollof Rice is a delicious and healthy rice dish that has made history in West Africa. With its flavors and nutritious ingredients, it’s easy to see why this dish has become a symbol of African cuisine. Whether you are a fan of African cuisine or not, this recipe is worth trying!



Preparation of vegetables

Wash the bell pepper, tomatoes and chili. Take care to remove the seeds from the chilli and bell pepper. Coarsely chop the tomatoes, bell pepper, chili pepper and one onion.


Mix it all together

Blend the coarsely chopped vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, onions, chilli) until smooth. Set aside.


Chop the other onion and sauté for about 3 minutes in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil until translucent.


Peel and chop the garlic cloves, grate the fresh ginger and add to the pan. Stir for about 30 seconds then add the curry powder, paprika, thyme, bay leaves and rosemary. Stir for another 30 seconds and then add the tomatoes, onion, chilli and mixed peppers to the pan. Mix well and cook covered over medium heat for a good 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper if necessary.


Add Rice

Add the brown or basmati rice (whichever you choose) and add the vegetable or chicken stock diluted in 50cl of boiling water. Stir to distribute the Jollof Rice sauce evenly.


Cooking Jollof Rice

Lower the heat and cover the pan. Simmer on low heat for 45 minutes.
Tip: you can place a sheet of baking paper between the pan and the lid to make the Jollof Rice cook more evenly.


Let your Jollof rice rest

After 40 to 45 minutes of cooking on low heat, turn off the heat and let stand covered to finish cooking.


Your homemade Jollof Rice is ready!

And that's it! You have made a delicious Jollof Rice at home! Enjoy your meal :)

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