Jollof rice will be our delicious food to prepare. The Nigerian rice recipe discussed here is the classic Nigerian dinner of Jollof Rice. This is the most popular rice recipe from Nigeria. That’s why you always see it at the parties. It is easy to prepare if you follow the simple steps.
- 10 Plum Tomatoes
• 5 Tatashey (Red bell pepper)
• 3 Green bell pepper
• 5 Red scotch bonnet pepper(Ata rodo)
•1 cooking spoon Tinned tomato puree
•1 litre Liquid Stock (Boiled meat water) i.e. Turkey stock, Beef Stock or Chicken stock
• 2 Red Onion
• 5 Cloves Garlic, minced – optional
• 4 Bay leaves ‘whole’
• 1 tbsp. Dry Thyme
• 1 tbsp. Curry powder
• 4 Seasoning cubes
• 5 cups Rice
• Salt to taste
• Vegetable Oil for frying
Preparation of the stock
Step 1: If you are using beef/chicken/turkey, wash and place in a pot. Season with crushed seasoning cubes, salt, curry, thyme and ground/minced ginger, chopped onion and garlic. Boil until tender. Remove the meat from the stock and fry in a separate pan.
Preparation of the rice
When it comes to preparing the rice before the real jollof rice preparation, it is either you soak it in hot water for some minutes before washing or you par-boil it before washing. This removes the excess starch and prevents the rice from sticking together while remaining firm. Either way, you’d get the same result
Step 2: Wash the rice thoroughly and place in a pot. Add enough water just enough to cover the rice and parboil for 10 minutes. Wash the parboiled rice with cold water, drain and set aside. OR Soak the rice in hot water for some minutes, rinse with clean water, drain and set aside.
Preparation of the tomapep puree
Step 3: Remove the seeds from the tatashey and green bell pepper and wash well. Wash the Tomatoes, Scotch bonnet pepper (ata rodo) and onion well too. Blend everything to a smooth puree. Pour the Blended puree into an empty iron pot and boil till there’s no water left leaving just the concentrated puree in the pot.
Preparation of the Jollof rice
Step 4: Add the tinned tomato paste into the Boiled tomato and pepper puree. Pour the Oil used in frying the meat into the tomapep puree and use it to fry the tomapep puree while stirring constantly so it doesn’t get burnt for about 5 mins.
Step 5: Pour the Beef Stock (meat water) into the fried puree and mix. Add the dry thyme, Curry powder, Seasoning cubes (Crushed), Salt to taste. Gently add the parboiled rice into the puree and stock mixture and make sure the stock covers the rice. If it doesn’t simply add water to ensure it does. Add the Bay leaves to the pot and cover.
Step 6: Leave the jollof rice to cook and soften and once you notice the liquid in the pot has almost dried up leaving concentrated tomato puree at the top, turn with a wooden spoon or spatula.
At this time, Check if the rice is soft enough and also check for salt and if the seasoning from the stock is enough, if not add the necessary ingredients. If it’s not soft enough, add some more water and leave to dry up once more till it’s completely soft. Now you can turn with any type of spoon……..Let the Burning begins!!!!
P.S: 10-12mins is enough to let the bottom part get charred a bit (please don’t burn the whole pot of rice….lol)
Step 7: Leave the rice to Burn underneath till you begin to smell it. Once it completely dries up at the top, turn off the burner and open the pot slightly for the vapour to evaporate. Your rice is ready
Serve the jollify jollof rice!
• Don’t turn with a metal spoon so it doesn’t start burning before its done. Get a wooden spatula ready for this purpose.
• Don’t use your beautiful non-stick pot for this purpose else you’d be required to scrub the pot with an iron sponge afterwards thereby damaging the pot.