JOLLOF RICE – HOW TO COOK THE PERFECT JOLLOF RICE RECIPE – Jollof rice is the mainstay of Nigeria‘s nation’s recipe is much like fried rice. This recipe is originally from Gambia, then spread to several countries in Central Africa as Liberia, Nigeria, and Ghana. I still remember the first sensation of eating a processed rice; weird!. It feels tasty combination of acid and a little sweet.
The taste of the rice is a bit sour, sweet and salty produced from a blend of tomatoes, peppeh (pepper; chilies, Nigerians call it peppeh) and seasoning. Herbs used for processed rice colored reddish-orange sauce consists of tomatoes, garlic, onion, Curry spices, nutmeg, salt and thyme leaves. How to cook it almost the same way we cook fried rice. Spice sauteed first mashed into hot oil until fragrant rice that has been cooked then stirred until the seasoning evenly.
- 3¾ cups (750g) long grain parboiled rice
- 2-3 cups Tomato Stew
- Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)
- Pepper and salt (to taste)
- 2 medium onions
- 3 Knorr cubes
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 teaspoons curry powder (Nigerian curry powder)
Before you cook Jollof Rice:
- Prepare the tomato stew. Visit the Tomato Stew page for details on how to do that. It is advisable to prepare tomato stew before hand and keep in the freezer. This is so that whenever you want to cook any jollof rice related dish, it is just a matter of adding it to your cooking.
- If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Knorr cubes and 2 bulbs of onions (chopped). The cooking time depends on the type of chicken. The rooster or cockerel cooks much faster than the hen but the hen is definitely tastier. When done, grill it in an oven. You may also fry it. This is to give it a golden look which is more presentable especially if you have guests for dinner.
- Parboil the rice using the method detailed in parboiling rice for cooking jollof rice. Rinse the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.
Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
Add the drained parboiled rice, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. The water level should be the same level of the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.
Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.