Jollof Rice

Credits: Unmis


Rice is a staple food in many countries and can be cooked in several different ways.  There’s white, brown, red, and black rice, which can be either long, medium, or short grain. 

I like to equate Jollof Rice to Spanish or Mexican rice, but without the vegetables.


  • 2 cups of rice
    • recommend converted long grain rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 medium size red bell pepper
  • 4 – 6 medium sized fresh tomatoes
  • 1 tomato paste
  • 1 large yellow onion
    • (can also substitute with red or white onions)
  • Oil
    • (recommend Corn, Vegetable, Canola)
  • Seasonings (Salt, curry, thyme, white pepper –
    • can also add paprika, italian seasoning)

Cooking Instructions

  1. Blend the red bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, onions, habanero together
  2. Pour blended content in a pot
  3. Add 1/2 cup of oil
  4. Add the seasonings
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  6. Slice or dice half the onions and add to sauce
  7. Rinse and add the rice
  8. Add water; 1:1 (1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice)
  9. Stir repeatedly to avoid burning or sticking to the pot
  10. Cook over low heat till rice is tender.
Credits: Unmis

Jollof Rice can be eaten by itself, or paired with some greens, salad, beans, or dodo (fried plantain) and meat, chicken, or fish stew.


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