June 17, 2010

Jollof Rice

The dreaded Jollof rice : if you are per-boiling the rice and making it in the oven, truth is: you are not doing it right!

List of Ingredient

  • Butter (2 table spoons unsalted)
  • Groundnut or canola oil ( 1/4 cup)
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 habanera pepper
  • 1/2 medium size onion
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 21/2 cups water ( or chicken stock)
  • maggi (2 cubes) bullion cube
  • Salt ( to taste)
  • Curry (1/2 tea spoon)
  • Thyme (1/2) teaspoon
  • 11/2 cups rice


  1. Combine the onion,  tomatoes, red , habanera pepper  in a blender or food processor. ( blend until its paste like consistency)
  2. Parboil mixture for about 30mins
  3. set  a pot on medium heat, add 1 spoon butter + oil
  4. Chop remaining onion, add to hot oil
  5. Cook for 3mins stir at intervals (avoid scraping the bottom of pot)
  6. Add parboiled pepper mixture
  7. Add the water or chicken stock
  8. Add curry, thyme, bay leaf, maggi and salt
  9. Cover the pot and simmer  for 3mins on medium heat
  10. Reduce heat to minimum
  11. Add rice and cook for 30mins (or until water is about dried)
  12. Taste for salt
  13. Add remaining butter
  14. Stir and cover for 5 mins
  15. remove bay leaf, Serve with plantain/chicken/ salad.

* the trick to cooking jollof rice is in how much heat you apply at the different stages of preparation


Nightingale said...

Okayyyyyyyyyyyy! I will check this out!
I hope it works for me :)

Why no oven tho.. cos thats usually simple :D

miss Gastronome said...

hahah..oven is rice n stew mixed 2geda :)
you should try it n let me know.

Nightingale said...

Best recipe ever! thankssss

Anonymous said...

This looks wonderful- I will try it tonight!! 1 question for you- in step 3 do we add the oil and butter to the parboil mixture and then in step 4 brown the onions and oil in a new pot, before adding the mixture to the new pot? Thank you soooooo much! Also, I am using parboiled rice- does that affect the amount of water I should use?

9ja Foodie said...
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9ja Foodie said...

@ Anonymous :)....hiiiii
you parboil the mixture without oil, just the way you boil water. then step 4.
parboiled rice as in dried parboiled rice right? or do you mean you want to pre-cook the rice??? I wouldn't advice that you pre-cook(parboil) your rice, just use normal dried rice(washed)
I hope this answers your question, let me know ao your rice turns out!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I mean dry par-boiled rice :) Thanks for clarifying. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks so much!!!!

9ja Foodie said...

You are most welcome :)