This recipe is for Jollof rice, a popular West African dish. The rice is cooked in a tomato-based sauce with a blend of spices and chicken stock. The dish is prepared in a pot, and the recipe includes step-by-step instructions on how to cook the rice to achieve the desired texture and flavor. The dish is finished with onion rings and sliced tomatoes, giving it a vibrant color and fresh taste.
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 2 people
Cooking method: Boil, Fry, Stew
Cuisine: West African
• Step 1
Blend the red bell peppers, tomatoes, scotch bonnet, and one onion to a smooth paste and set aside.
• Step 2
Add the cooking oil into a large pot, place on the hob on medium heat, add half a slice of onions and let it fry till fragrant.
• Step 3
Add the blended pepper, tomato paste, knorr cubes, curry powder, one teaspoon of white pepper, bay leaves, cover and let it fry till the oil begins to float to the top.
• Step 4
While that is frying, wash your rice thoroughly to get rid of starch and set aside choosing to parboil your rice, parboil for five to eight minutes with little water on low heat. The rise should still be very firm and not soft, wash with warm water and set aside.
• Step 5
When oil floats to the top add the chicken stock, cover and let it fry for a further eight to ten minutes.
• Step 6
Add the washed rice
• Step 7
add the stew so you can control the amount of stew that goes in to avoid over adding. Combine thoroughly, ensure the stew is only about a cm over the rice when combined, it’s better to start with a little liquid and add as you go. When that’s fully combined add the butter, the minced ginger, the remaining teaspoon of white pepper and combine.
• Step 8
Cover and let it cook until the rice softens. Do stir every now and then with a wooden spoon. This prevents clumps and doesn’t break the rice up.
• Step 9
Add a little bit of stock or water as you go, be careful not to add too much. Jollof rice needs steam to cook and not water. Don’t be alarmed if the rice begins to burn, it must definitely burn a little. This is what gives its much loved Smokey flavour. When the rice is soft enough, add the onion rings and sliced tomatoes.
• Step 10
Note that onions and tomatoes should be added just a couple of minutes before the final completion, combine thoroughly.
• Step 11
Switch off the heat, and leave to steam with residual heat for another minute or two, and your jollof rice is ready.