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?
Rice jollof is loved all over the world, and we find the ingredients used in every country of the world.
This is how we serve rice in Nigeria. Rice Jollof is usually paired with a salad and fried meat (Chicken, beef, etc). Here, I added fried ripe-plantain instead of vegetable salad.
In the last 5 years, I have tried my hands on over 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 drop 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 of 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 of ground tomatoes 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
Season the chicken with a teaspoon of salt, two seasoning cubes, half a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, half a cup of sliced onions then let it sit for some minutes.
Set on heat and let it boil for 10-15 minutes, would take more time to cook if you are using harder chicken.
Set aside the chicken and the stock in fresh bowls.
Peel off 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 boiling 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 chicken and deep-fry, this wouldn’t take about 10 minutes.
Once you are done with frying the chicken, reduce the oil to 250ml (1 cup) just add the remaining one cup of sliced onions, stir for 1-2 minutes, add the ground tomatoes. I like to cook 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, add the meat water (chicken stock) to the fried tomato in the pot, the ground ginger/garlic, half a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt then add 4 cups of water.
1000ml (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.
Add the rice.
Then cover and allow the rice to cook on low heat for 30-45 minutes. 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
By the way, I diped my chicken in tomato sauce.
Make small tomato sauce in a pot, while still on heat add the fried chicken, allow it to heat for few minutes while you continue to turn. Serve chicken and jollof rice as you can see above.
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, add the chicken stock (meat water).
- Add the blended ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt
- Add 4 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 chicken.
- 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.
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
I love Ofada rice and sauce, you can try it this weekend.
Ofada Sauce and Rice
I just edited the recipe for this coconut rice, try it too.
Coconut Rice Recipe
Tomato stew is a winner any day, you can serve it with white boiled rice.
How to make Tomato Stew
intresting………..thanks so much
God will continue to bless you ma….
Thanks so much @ Chidi I love this, just joined your blog newly and I love what am seeing. More grace dear
Also what peppers do you use to grind? Does using a blender give you the same texture as grinding?
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?
You are just a blessing to me,keep it up,God will continues to strengthen you with wisdom,much love
Wow!!! This is nice. Pls l want to know what gives party rice its unique aroma?
I love ❤ Jollof rice alot I prefer it than fried rice. It is nicely prepared
Thank you so much ma
You gave confident of cooking my jollof rice
Thank u for helping me out and I also thank u for being there for me
Thanks a lot for this
Nice one. I’m definitely going to try this method. Keep up the good work Ma.
Please use measurements are user friendly to most Americans .
Thank you very much atalest l have lean how to cook jelof rice now. This is wonderful Thank you ma.
Pls can we use purple onions to cook fried rice???i couldnt find white onions
So you just made me a big boy… Followed your instructions n my wife thinks I’ve been cooking for years…kudos
Hi pls ow many derica is that four cup
Thanks, keep up the good work. God bless you.
Wow! That was great. Keep it up
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.
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.
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.
I love the way you cook, I always swallow saliva when looking at your stuff, please me some
Pls can I use green bean when preparing jollof rice?
Chidi! 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 Chidi. Bravo!
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
I love Nigerian jollof rice, thanks for showing me how to make jollof rice.
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.
Wow…it looks great thank you very much. Pls i wnt 2 try it with tin tomatoes, how do i go abuh it?
Hello, but in party jollof u don’t need to parboil the rice, I mean yoruba method
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.
It looks good in my eyes. I will try it thank u so much I love what u are doing. God bless u
I am mrs babatunde. Should I use tomato paste in my jollof rice pls help me
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
Hello Chidi. 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
yea!!! dis method is great. i tried it and it worked perfectly well
Jollof rice is my best, I luv it. I luv the great work you are doing. Thumbs’ up.
Pls do i need to fried carrot, green peas when prepared jollof rice
can I get the recipe for jollof rice for a wedding or other big occasion
Ma Mr muyideen yes you can get en big event.
This looks beautiful in the eyes and sweet in the mouth.
Thanks for the guidelines God bless
one word for the recipe.. And stand d chance of winning my love
Am in love with jollof rice thanx so much am defenetly you going to try it for my family thank u
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. 🙂
thanks alot, what if i want to add carrot to my jollof rice, please how do igo about it
Awesome…….keep up d gud work.
Its gud! I’m nt a woman… I’m a man but I still lv it! Gud Work Chidi! Keep it up!
chy, can one use can tomato in place of fresh ones and get the same good and tasty jollof rice?
You are saving women and aspiring cooks’ lives!!
Thank you 🙂 :*
tanks so much
Well cooked jellof rice is always wonderful, I love this
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
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
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
Chidi,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.
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
Pls i would like to learn more about ofada stew. i want to prepare it this weekend. Thanks
loving your cooking am not a nigerian though i just love your jollof rice.
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
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
you must select your tomatoes right.look for the hard red colored type.it dries well without soury taste.
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
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
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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it look sweet i will try it
Thanks so much….I love ur work!
THIS LOOK DELICIOUS.
You are doing well Peace the rice seems a lot delicious! *thumbs up*
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
Party jollof rice is on another level. Usually cooked with lots of chicken stock and seasonings.
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
God bless u for all these recipes