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).

Jollof rice

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.

Jollof rice

Ingredients for Jollof Rice

4 cups of rice
1kg beef
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

Fresh Tomatoes for jollof

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

Step 1
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).

Step 2
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.

Step 3
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.

Step 4
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.
beef stock

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.

Step 5
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.

tomato frying

Step 6
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.

Step 7
Then add the rice and cover to cook.
rice cooking

Add the fried tomatoes you initially removed, (I do this so my rice doesn’t start burning before it is properly cooked.

cooking jollof rice

Then just cook till the rice is soft for consumption, Remember that you can add water occasionally.

pot of jollof rice

Voila!!!

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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5 from 6 votes

Jollof Rice Recipe

Jollof rice double as the most popular Nigeria food and also as Nigeria's national food. Almost every Nigerian will readily accept a plate of jollof rice since most of the ethnic groups in Nigeria consider rice as a major staple food.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Nigerian Cuisine
Keyword: Jollof rice recipe, Nigerian rice recipe, Step by step recipe
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Chy Anegbu
Cost: 4000 Naira

Equipment

  • Cooker
  • Pots
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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

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

Ofada Sauce and Rice

Coconut Rice Recipe

How to make Tomato Stew

Caribbean rice – My favorite.

Comments

  1. Chidera  July 25, 2013

    Jollof rice is my favorite Nigerian food, I like when it is spiced up with green pees and then fried plantain. I like a whole lot of other Nigerian foods but this happens to be my best, thanks for helping out

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  2. blessing  July 26, 2013

    Yes! I have tried this rice recipe and it turned out perfectly well but there seemed to be a little difference with the one I ate at a friends birthday party, there was a slight difference in taste and color, maybe I probably didn’t get it right. I will have to try again and keep trying till I get that particular taste

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    • Nelo  November 25, 2018

      Party jollof rice is on another level. Usually cooked with lots of chicken stock and seasonings.

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  3. Enny Ijezie  August 12, 2013

    You are doing well Peace the rice seems a lot delicious! *thumbs up*

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  4. GLORY  August 16, 2013

    THIS LOOK DELICIOUS.

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  5. pamela  August 28, 2013

    Thanks so much….I love ur work!

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    • Gininwa  November 25, 2018

      Pamela WHY???

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  6. blessing  October 17, 2013

    it look sweet i will try it

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  7. Lahonda Olumide  January 12, 2014

    I am an African- American woman married to a Nigerian man and I love jollof rice when he prepared it for me I fell in love I like the spices and put goat meat in the rice it is so delicious. I am a big fan of Nigerian cuisine . P.S. Iy is othing better than pounded yam!!

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    • A  March 5, 2017

      U LIKE FOOD

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  8. christie  February 2, 2014

    hi, I really don’t understand that part of seiving ur fresh tomatoes and pepper, i thought the normal thing to be done is to boil the grinded tomatoes until it becomes dry thereby also reducing the sour taste? besides, from ur illustrations, I dint see where u boiled it. Are u saying we can still achieve the same result with just filtering and frying? enlighten me pls. thanks

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    • Chy Anegbu  February 6, 2014

      Christie, yes, you can just filter and fry, it is faster and better that way. However, you can also boil instead of filtering.

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  9. divine williams  February 13, 2014

    I like a nice prepared jollof rice n fried rice. but I don’t know how to prepare one, I’m glad I will learn 4rm ur site. U are doing a good work here keep it up God will Blss u abundantly

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  10. Cee  March 9, 2014

    If you boil the tomato till it becomes dry, do you still fry it with the onions for a while or do you just add your stock to it and continue from there?. I tried it and the rice came out funny. Please give a detailed step by step method

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    • temi  October 12, 2017

      you must select your tomatoes right.look for the hard red colored type.it dries well without soury taste.

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  11. Chy Anegbu  March 12, 2014

    Cee, You don’t ever need to boil the tomatoes, just grind and fry, you can also slice and fry. Whatever you do, even if you boiled it, you will still need to fry the tomato before commencing with the rest of the cooking. It would be nice if you look up the embeded video

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  12. vanessa celaire  March 28, 2014

    loving your cooking am not a nigerian though i just love your jollof rice.

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  13. Christie A  May 6, 2014

    Pls i would like to learn more about ofada stew. i want to prepare it this weekend. Thanks

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  14. seun Erinle  May 30, 2014

    i tried out the procedure for the jollof, and i must tell u, i had a great meal. it is the best i have cooked forfour years since i entered university of ibadan. thumbs up to chy anegbu

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  15. Ella  August 29, 2014

    Chy,your recipes are very nice. You r really good at what you do. However,I do normally boil my fresh tomatoes after grinding or slicing till it dries,that way I wont hv to deep fry. I really avoid too much fries dats why.

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    • Chy Anegbu  September 3, 2014

      That is cool, I mean the part where you boil your tomato after grinding. There are just so many ways of doing everything, keep making tasty foods.

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  16. teresa lyn  August 30, 2014

    woooow….m xo impressed,i hope it turns owt well for mhe cuz im to present et n an examination practical…ma….f i am to produce dis to an hypertensive patient,wat re d thingz i ought to add,or reduce…plz enlighten mhe

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  17. Eliz  September 6, 2014

    hello, i need ur assistance. Please tell me how can i prepare jollof rice for 20 people? what are the quantites involved in the ingredients? Thank you

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  18. omotayo  September 21, 2014

    Infact I cooked the fried rice it was very delicious unbelivable ,my husband enjoyed it nd I enjoyed It tooo ,sweet sensation can not withstand me again , u are great thnks joooooooo

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  19. Bolanle  October 22, 2014

    Interesting……………………………..
    tanks so much

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  20. anony  November 3, 2014

    You are saving women and aspiring cooks’ lives!!
    Thank you 🙂 :*

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  21. Grace Olaniyi  December 26, 2014

    chy, can one use can tomato in place of fresh ones and get the same good and tasty jollof rice?

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    • Chy Anegbu  December 27, 2014

      Sure, you can. Most restaurants use canned tomatoes, it largely depend on other ingredients and how you fried the tomato.

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  22. Sameer Khushi  January 3, 2015

    Its gud! I’m nt a woman… I’m a man but I still lv it! Gud Work Chy! Keep it up!

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  23. millie Enabosi  January 4, 2015

    Awesome…….keep up d gud work.

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  24. ChrisMARY  January 31, 2015

    thanks alot, what if i want to add carrot to my jollof rice, please how do igo about it

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    • Chy Anegbu  January 31, 2015

      just add it three minutes before you turn off the heat, Thanks for commenting.

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  25. Tammy Houston  March 14, 2015

    My son is Nigerian and African American. I want to make this for a heritage event where I live. I’m trying to make different foods for him. He will be one on the day of the event. I will have to add some spices to my grocery list. I’m happy that I found your site. 🙂

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  26. suprise  April 15, 2015

    Am in love with jollof rice thanx so much am defenetly you going to try it for my family thank u

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  27. Noble Amy  April 16, 2015

    one word for the recipe.. And stand d chance of winning my love

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  28. jackxman  July 20, 2015

    Thanks for the guidelines God bless

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  29. chichi  July 30, 2015

    This looks beautiful in the eyes and sweet in the mouth.

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  30. chiomachizo  August 4, 2015

    can I get the recipe for jollof rice for a wedding or other big occasion

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    • moshood muyideen  September 17, 2016

      Ma Mr muyideen yes you can get en big event.

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  31. Rashidat  August 14, 2015

    Pls do i need to fried carrot, green peas when prepared jollof rice

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    • Chy Anegbu  August 14, 2015

      Nope, just add them to the cooking rice – 4-5 minutes before you turn off the heat.

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  32. Omo  August 20, 2015

    Jollof rice is my best, I luv it. I luv the great work you are doing. Thumbs’ up.

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  33. Sonia  August 28, 2015

    yea!!! dis method is great. i tried it and it worked perfectly well

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  34. Esther  September 8, 2015

    Hello Chy. I looked at the recipe now and I want to try it but if I use canned tomatoes instead of fresh ones,how do I go about it? Will it be possible to fry the canned tomato like the fresh one? Thank you

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  35. franca nd  September 26, 2015

    Hi am Mrs franca I blend tomatoes + pepper + onion and I fry it after 15min I add tin tomatoes and I still have tasteless jollofrice wat can I do pls tell me or I should cook without tin tomatoes

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  36. Babatunde tayo  October 5, 2015

    I am mrs babatunde. Should I use tomato paste in my jollof rice pls help me

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    • Chy Anegbu  October 13, 2015

      sure you can, but it is better to use the fresh one if you can find them.

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  37. Vera  October 12, 2015

    It looks good in my eyes. I will try it thank u so much I love what u are doing. God bless u

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  38. Okafor Arinze  November 23, 2015

    This is informative, never thought something like this could be online. most helpful to me in terms of knowing the names of spices used frequently.

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  39. embassy  March 31, 2016

    Hello, but in party jollof u don’t need to parboil the rice, I mean yoruba method

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  40. Fredrick  May 31, 2016

    Wow…it looks great thank you very much. Pls i wnt 2 try it with tin tomatoes, how do i go abuh it?

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  41. Moyeni F  June 3, 2016

    Wow… never knew cooking could be this interesting ( cause as a 16 year old I hate it ) lol. I will try each and every recipe on this site. Thank you so much may you go from glory to glory.

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  42. udoka onwuka  July 23, 2016

    I love Nigerian jollof rice, thanks for showing me how to make jollof rice.

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  43. tholarh  July 27, 2016

    Thank thank you so much for this jollof rice I cooked mine this morning and it was excellent. Everyone in the house ate a second round. I was so happy God bless you real good

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  44. Nwabuno  September 10, 2016

    Chy! You are a friend indeed!
    You are such a nice woman. I thought i can cook jellof rice before without knowing that i am missing alot till i discover Chy. Bravo!

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  45. Amaka  December 31, 2016

    Pls can I use green bean when preparing jollof rice?

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    • Dave Anegbu  January 3, 2017

      Yes, sure.

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  46. samuel  March 4, 2017

    I love the way you cook, I always swallow saliva when looking at your stuff, please me some

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  47. Nd  March 15, 2017

    Nice one. Admin can u please give the quantity of ingredients for one to cook jellof rice for 50 people? From ( rice, meat/chicken, Maggi g/oil, tomato, etc) have leant a whole lot here I must say.
    Thanks

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    • Chy Anegbu  March 19, 2017

      The ingredients above can cook jollof rice for about 6 persons. You just need to do the math to know how much of it would make rice for 50

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  48. Ojinaid  August 9, 2017

    Thanks so much for this. God will continue to bless those hands of yours and it will never go sour. i thought the tin tomato brings out the reddish colour. Pls, is it bad to use tin tomato together with fresh one. and do we fry the paste along side the fresh tomoto. i await ur response. Thanks.

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    • Chy Anegbu  August 10, 2017

      You can use a combination of fresh and canned tomatoes and yes, you can fry both together when making jollof rice.

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  49. Echeme mercy  November 9, 2017

    Wooow you are doing a lovely job not being selfish with what you know but rather helping homes that would have been broken because the ability of not knowing how to cook, you will always have your reward… And your recipes are lovely thanks so much for them.

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  50. Toyosi  November 24, 2017

    Wow! That was great. Keep it up

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  51. Glory  August 3, 2018

    Thanks, keep up the good work. God bless you.

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  52. Dammy  October 31, 2018

    Hi pls ow many derica is that four cup

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  53. Gabriel  December 12, 2018

    So you just made me a big boy… Followed your instructions n my wife thinks I’ve been cooking for years…kudos

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    • Chy Anegbu  December 15, 2018

      Lol, thanks man.

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  54. Charity  December 24, 2018

    Pls can we use purple onions to cook fried rice???i couldnt find white onions

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  55. Calista  January 9, 2019

    Thank you very much atalest l have lean how to cook jelof rice now. This is wonderful Thank you ma.

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  56. Nona  January 22, 2019

    Please use measurements are user friendly to most Americans .

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  57. Amara  March 27, 2019

    Nice one. I’m definitely going to try this method. Keep up the good work Ma.

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  58. Damola  April 27, 2019

    Thanks a lot for this

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  59. Florence  May 2, 2019

    You gave confident of cooking my jollof rice
    Thank u for helping me out and I also thank u for being there for me
    Thank u

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  60. Juliet  May 22, 2019

    Thank you so much ma

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  61. Isabella  May 29, 2019

    I love ❤ Jollof rice alot I prefer it than fried rice. It is nicely prepared

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  62. Ify  June 11, 2019

    Wow!!! This is nice. Pls l want to know what gives party rice its unique aroma?

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  63. Tamar  August 8, 2019

    You are just a blessing to me,keep it up,God will continues to strengthen you with wisdom,much love

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  64. Gloria Lewis  January 16, 2020

    5 stars
    What do you mean by ‘Ground tomatoes’? Can you use canned tomatoes? If not, what type of tomato should you use? Do you seed the tomato or take the skin off?

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  65. Gloria Lewis  January 16, 2020

    Also what peppers do you use to grind? Does using a blender give you the same texture as grinding?

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    • Chy Anegbu  January 17, 2020

      Sure, you could blend or grind, as long you get a smooth paste at the end of the day, you will be ok. I used scotch bonnet peppers. I have edited the jollof rice recipe to include an image. Thanks for your feedback

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  66. Progress  February 14, 2020

    5 stars
    Thanks so much @ Chy I love this, just joined your blog newly and I love what am seeing. More grace dear

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  67. Ughele blessing Abosede  March 13, 2020

    5 stars
    God will continue to bless you ma….

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