Jollof Rice is an iconic dish in many African countries. It has a variety of different ingredients that differ from country to country. But the essentials are tomatoes, chilies of various levels of heat and spice, blends and aromatics like garlic and thyme, and rice. The type of rice used varies from long grain to short grain, whole or broken. The dish is also highly versatile and can be complemented with other foods like stewed goat, beef or chicken, fried plantains or oxtails.
Jollof is a favorite of people of all ages, and it’s great for parties because it can be made in large batches and is easy to store. It also makes for a perfect lunch as it goes well with any protein and other vegetables.
One Pot Wonder: Crafting the Perfect Jollof Rice Every Time
To make this recipe, add all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. If you have a hard time getting the paste to blend, try adding a little water until it becomes smooth enough.
When the mixture is done, add a pinch of salt to the rice and stir well. Then add a tablespoon of oil to the pot and let it come to a boil. Cover the pot and cook on low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
Serve with your choice of protein and a side salad. The smoky flavor of the jollof will complement the protein nicely. Leftovers should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container and can last up to three days.