Jollof rice is one of the most simple and easy to make Nigerian food, you’d want to start from here if you are new to Nigerian foods.
Are you married to a Nigerian person and probably looking for an easy to make African Food?
jollof rice recipe is accepted all over the world and the ingredients used are found in every country of the world.
This was one of the first foods I learned to prepare at a younger age, my skills only improved as the years went by. 😀
This is how we serve rice in Nigeria. Rice Jollof is usually paired with a salad and fried meat (Chicken, beef, etc).
In the last 5 years, I have tried my hands on more than 14 different rice recipes and even made an ebook about them.
Let’s start with the jollof rice, somewhere at the bottom of this page I will be dropping the links for other rice recipes.
Fried rice, Caribbean rice, coconut rice, Ofada sauce, stews, and the local banga rice.
What you find below is a delicious plate jollof rice plus fried beef. I made this some weeks back and will be giving you a step by step recipe.
Ingredients for Jollof Rice
4 cups of rice
1000ml of Ground Fresh tomatoes.
50ml Ground Fresh peppers
1 Teaspoon Curry powder
1 teaspoon Thyme
1 teaspoon Nutmeg powder
3 seasoning cubes
2 cups of sliced onions
300ml vegetable or groundnut oil
salt to taste.
2 cloves of garlic
2 fingers of ginger
These are some fresh ripe tomatoes and pepper (scotch bonnet). I think any species of tomato would serve the same purpose, just wash, squeeze out water inside the tomatoes, blend as is and set aside.
You need around 1000ml for 4 cups of rice.
Alternatively, you could use canned tomatoes or a combination of both canned and fresh (ground tomatoes)
Step by Step Preparation
Parboil the beef (or any meat of your choice) with the spices listed above. I like to use lots of them so as to end up with very tasty beef. And then prepare the main food with the meat stock (meat water).
Add water so that more than half of the entire beef is submerged, then add 2 seasoning cubes, a teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, 1 cup of sliced onions, one teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon each of curry/thyme.
Peel of the outer back of the ginger/garlic, pound or grind.
Parboil rice the normal way, boil about 7 cups of water in a pot, add the four cups of rice and allow to boil for 3 minutes. Then pour out and wash thoroughly with clean water then set aside in a bowl or plastic sieve.
Pick out the parboiled tasty beef and deep fry, this wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.
Cooked beef on the left side and the stock on the right side. This beef stock is very important in Nigerian cooking.
Once you are done with frying the beef, reduce the oil to 250ml (1 cup) just add the remaining one cup of sliced onions, stir for 1-2 minutes and add the ground tomatoes. I like to commence cooking jollof rice with the same oil I used while frying the meat.
Using a fresh oil is just the same as cooking without the beef stock (meat water) which actually holds over 70 percent of the ingredient that is used in making most Nigerian foods, the end result is not the same.
How to Make Nigerian Jollof Rice.
Frying the tomatoes would take about 20 minutes.
Fry until when you lift a portion with your frying spoon you will notice the oil continues to boil in the spoon.
You also notice the tomatoes turning dark.
Once the tomato is well fried, remove half and set aside. add the meat water to the remaining fried tomato in the pot, the ground ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt then add 3 cups of water.
750ml (Please use the recommended cups), add another seasoning cube. Stir and taste, it should taste overly spiced. Don’t worry, once the rice is added the taste would balance.
Then add the rice and cover to cook.
Add the fried tomatoes you initially removed, (I do this so my rice doesn’t start burning before it is properly cooked.
Then just cook till the rice is soft for consumption, Remember that you can add water occasionally.
Turn and serve with the fried meat.
This is just how to make jollof rice, you can serve with the fried meat, salad and maybe a bottle of your favorite drink
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Jollof Rice Recipe
- 4 cups of rice
- 1 kg beef
- 1000 ml of Ground Fresh tomatoes your blender is calibrated, 1000ml = 1 liter
- 50 ml Ground Fresh peppers
- Spices Curry, Thyme, Delice, Nutmeg, Chicken spice
- 3 Seasoning cubes
- 2 cups of sliced onions
- 300 ml Vegetable oil
- Salt to taste.
- 2 Cloves of garlic and
- 2 Fingers of ginger
- Start by precooking your meat with the listed spices (a teaspoon each of thyme, curry, and salt; two seasoning cubes and sliced onion) Allow the meat to cook till tender.
- Peel of the outer back of the ginger/garlic, pound or grind.
- Parboil 4 cups of rice, wash and set aside in a plastic bowl.
- Once the meat is tender, seperate from the stock and deep fry.
- Fry the ground tomatoes until it is turning day (about 20-25 minutes) stir continously to avoid burning it.
- When the tomato is well fried, remove half then add the beef stock to the remaining half in the cooking pot.
- Add the blended ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt
- Add 3 cups of water also, taste, add salt to taste.
- Add one seasoning cube. Stir and taste, you want it overly spiced. The rice will take some of it away.
- Allow to boil before adding the parboiled rice.
- Add the remaining half of tomato that you removed initially.
- Then just cook till the rice is soft.
- Turn evenly and serve with the fried beef.
- NOTE: If you don't want your jollof rice to start burning before it is well cooked, you need to remove some of the fried tomatoes before adding the rice. Then add it later.
Video For Nigerian Jollof Rice
The jollof rice video above was made just some days back. The method is straight and easy to follow, You will also get a visual of all the ingredients that I used in the process.
While jollof rice is the most popular food in Nigeria and also considered the national food of Nigeria, fried rice is number two on the list.
Other Nigerian Rice Recipes
I have written a detailed recipe for fried rice and also made a video for it – Fried Rice Recipe
Caribbean rice – My favorite.