Jollof Rice

An essential West African rice staple



Prep time

20 minutes

Cook time

45 minutes

This rice dish if found all over West Africa, with Nigeria and Ghana both claiming to produce the best versions!


300g basmati rice, washed
5 vine tomatoes, diced
1 large red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 red chilli finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsps tomato purée
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 handful fresh thyme, leaves picked
1l chicken stock
2 tsps curry powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp vegetable oil


1. To a large pan, add  the oil and onion and fry for 5 minutes until soft.

2. Add garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for a further 2 minutes.

3. Add tomato purée and cook for 3 minutes.

4. Add tomatoes and pepper, cook until tomatoes are soft.

5. Remove from heat and blend the mixture.

6. Return to heat and add the chicken stock, curry powder, thyme and nutmeg. Mix through evenly and allow to cook for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat.

7. Add rice and cook until the rice has absorbed the liquid. 

8. Serve.

Chef’s tips

For a more authentic flavour, try adding dried shrimp or crayfish.


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