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How to Make Nigerian Style Joloff Rice

Jollof rice is a spicy West African dish that is a traditional, but is also suitable for newcomers to Nigerian cuisine.

Jollof rice is a spicy West African dish that is a traditional, but is also suitable for newcomers to Nigerian cuisine.

Ingredients

For:  2

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice you are cooking with. This is optional.
  2. Put the rice and about six cups of water into a pot and place on high heat.
  3. OR
  4. Bring six cups of water to a rolling boil and add rice.
  5. Blend together the tomatoes and the peppers until smooth.
  6. Let the rice cook for another 10-15 minutes, until fairly soft.
  7. Slice the onions and add to the pot, and the tomato/pepper mix.
  8. Add enough for water for the rice to finish cooking (see Tips).
  9. Crumble the Maggi cubes into the pot.
  10. Allow to continue cooking until the rice is soft. If water still remains, turn the low until the rice is dry.
  11. Enjoy!

Recipe notes

Tips

  • It is usually served with meat, chicken,fish or fried plantain.
  • It is better to add too little water and to check continuously than to add too much. Draining the water from such a large amount of rice is very difficult.
  • Meat or chicken stock can be used instead of Maggi cubes.

Warnings

  • Take care not to overcook the rice.
  • Take care not to scald yourself – large amounts of boiling water are used in this recipe.
  • Take care when leaning over pots – many burns/scalds occur this way.

Things You’ll Need

  • A large pot with a lid, preferably non-stick
  • A blender, or a mortar and a pestle, or a big rock and a flat surface
  • A large spoon
  • A cooker

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