Have you wondered why Jollof rice is so popular in West Africa? We have everything you need to know about the One-pot dish and best recipes to follow to make Nigerian Jollof rice.
In this post, we will cover everything you need to know about Jollof rice extensively, some of the areas we will cover includes
- Where Does Jollof Rice Originate From?
- How to Make Nigerian Jollof Rice – Easy Recipe
- 8 Jollof Rice Recipes Across African Countries
- Jollof Rice Wars: Nigerian Jollof Vs Ghana Jollof
- The Best Jollof Rice Combos and
- Other Rice Recipes
Generally, Rice in itself is the most on consumed food in Nigeria and West Africa but at home and social gathering. When it comes to hosting guest in a party, the first dish the guest usually as for is Jollof rice, then Fried rice or a combination of both. Jollof rice is not only consumed in Nigeria alone, It is popular throughout the West African region in countries like Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Cameroon, Mali and Ghana. The popularity of the dish brings about difference in variation, receipes and taste, hence making it the best known African dish outside the continent.
Where does Jollof Rice Originate from?
According to information on Wikipedia, the name Jollof rice is derived from the name of the Wolof people. Since its been an established fact from historical evidence that Jollof rice did not originate from Nigeria or Ghana but from the which was a West African rump state located in what is today the nation of Senegal which thrived between 1549–1875. So arguably, we can say affirmatively that Jollof rice originated from Senegal.
Moving further to who had Jollof rice first, Nigeria or Ghanna? Looking at the geographical origin and the era that the rice meal began to spread across the rest of West Africa region and the available mediums of transportation at the time, it is practical that the dish would have gotten to Ghana before Nigeria. From this, we can also draw a conclusion that Ghana had Jollof rice before Nigeria.
For me, I would eaten Jollof rice a thousand time before and same can be said about many Nigerian home and abroad. Nigerians are good in every they do, including cooking. There has been a big and unending debate between Nigerian and Ghanaian fanatics about who makes the best Jollof rice… This has brought about the Jollof Rice War! For me, all am concerned about is eating this sumptuous meal anywhere i find it.
How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice
Nigerian Jollof Rice is a classic rice meal prepared as the main meal in Nigerian parties. An event is incomplete without Jollof rice on the menu. It is very important to know that there are different ways of cooking the dish also Party Jollof rice taste a bit different from Home-cooked Jollof rice. We are sharing the most popular recipe here, prepared by top food blogger. It is quite easy to prepare if you follow the simple steps. Coconut Rice and Mixed Vegetable Jollof Rice are other types of Jollof rice.
Via: Chef Lola’s Kitchen
Nigerian Jollof Rice Ingredient
- 3 cigar cups | 750g long grain parboiled rice
- Tomato Stew 500 mls
- Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)
- Pepper and salt (to taste)
- 2 medium onions
- 3 Knorr cubes
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 2 teaspoons curry powder (Nigerian curry powder)
Popular Jollof rice Recipe
- Prepare the tomato stew. Visit the Tomato Stew page for details on how to do that. It is advisable to prepare tomato stew before hand and keep in the freezer. This is so that whenever you want to cook any jollof rice related dish, it is just a matter of adding it to your cooking.
- If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Knorr cubes and 2 bulbs of onions (chopped). The cooking time depends on the type of chicken. The rooster or cockerel cooks much faster than the hen but the hen is definitely tastier. When done, grill it in an oven. You may also fry it. This is to give it a golden look which is more presentable especially if you have guests for dinner.
- Parboil the rice using the method detailed in parboiling rice for cooking jollof rice. Rinse the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.
- Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
- Add the drained parboiled rice, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. The water level should be the same level of the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked
- Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.
If you parboiled the rice as described at parboiling rice for cooking jollof rice, the rice should be done by the time the water is dry. Taste to confirm. If not, you will need to add more water and reduce the heat to prevent burning. Keep cooking till done.
See the directional video and Nigerian Jollof rice recipe here
Jollof rice recipe across West African countries
West Africans love this meal so much and we cook in different ways across the boarders. Jollof rice takes on different forms and flavours across the continent. Each country claims to have the best recipe, hence the Jollof rice war begins.
Watch the video of how to cook Ghana Jollof below
Via: Ndudu by Fafa
But i think there is no need for all the argument, we should understand that since this popular rice meal is loved by many across African countries, there will always be different recipes which each cook follows. The only difference in Jollof rice in all these countries is the recipes used which ends up in giving distinctive but similar taste. See all the different recipes Here
When Keri Hilson had Nigerian Jollof rice
Engaged to Serge Ibaka, a basketball star of Congolese descent, and having been to Nigeria a few times, American singer Keri Hilson tweeted ahead of her visit to Lagos in May to tell fans she was looking forward to tasting jollof again.
The Nigerian blogosphere instantly lapped up her tweet, thrilled that its version had been somewhat endorsed by the superstar. “American singer, Keri Hilson reunites with jollof rice,” exclaimed the popular website YNaija.
Tesco had to take down the wrong Jollof rice Recipe on their Website
Tesco learnt a lesson on how not to mess with Africans when, in 2014, it was forced to take down a recipe on jollof rice off its website after a backlash.
Published as an accompaniment to the store’s new microwavable jollof packs, the recipe suggested among other things that the dish would take 30 minutes to cook and substituted tomatoes with sweet peppers.
Jamie Oliver’s Jollof rice recipe Fail
Eager to try out his own version, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver accidentally unleashed the fury of his West African fans when he posted an experimental recipe for jollof on his website in 2014.
His sin? Advising readers to add coriander, parsley and lemon, none of which are traditionally associated with the dish.
Jamie Oliver’s jollof rice hurts my soul
— Reni Eddo-Lodge (@renireni) October 23, 2014
Ozoz Sokoh, author of the Kitchen Butterfly food blog, empathised with Oliver but said the dish is so essential to West African culture that “at home and in the diaspora, we will take up arms to defend anything and everything about it – its origin, preparation and by God, how it is served.”
“Our plates will not be colonized” 😂😂💀💀 #JollofGate
— Young Steve Jobs (@TheGreat_Natsby) October 30, 2014
The meltdown eventually led a representative from Oliver’s camp put out a disclaimer, emphasising this was just “Jamie’s twist”.
World Jollof Rice day
The world Jollof rice day is on August 22nd of every year. The Jollof rice lovers across the world usually make a big feast centered around the popular One-pot dish.