Ghana Jollof Rice

Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah is a content marketing specialist, with a passion for the food niche, she writes engaging content that celebrates the joy of food and its power to bring people together. Having worked on different projects. Her curiosity and creativity shines through in her writing.
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Ghana Jollof Rice is a perfectly cooked dish with tantalizing Ghanaian spices and flavors. Known for its rich taste and distinct red-orange color, Ghana Jollof Rice is a staple at social gatherings and celebrations.

ghana jollof rice

 

What is Jollof Rice?

Jollof rice is the spicy, delicious dish that has stolen hearts and tastebuds in West Africa and beyond. West Africans are fond of it, especially in parties and festive seasons, filling the air with inviting fragrance. It is well known in three countries in the region, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. There’s always a war of which is more spicy and tasty. The three regions claim to have the best.

As for my take on this war? Well, I will share it shortly.

Picture this: a pot of fluffy, orange-tinted rice adorned with soft and succulent meat, tender vegetables, and a mix of aromatic spices. Ghanaians would agree with me that Ghana Jollof rice is a work of culinary art, a beloved dish that reflects the people’s hearts. Jollof rice is more than just a dish in Ghana. It’s a celebration of life, love, and community.

Rich Ghana Jollof Rice
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What is the Difference Between Ghanaian and Nigerian Jollof Rice? Ghana Jollof vs. Nigeria Jollof

It’s no doubt the roots of Jollof rice run deep in both Ghana and Nigeria, but the dish’s exact birthplace remains a hotly contested topic! Although most people believe the Senegambia region gave birth to this flavourful dish, others argue for the ancient states of Nigeria. 

While the two dishes share common threads, It is important to know that Ghanaian and Nigerian Jollof each have a unique twist that sets them apart. In Ghana Jollof, the rice is often cooked with a rich tomato base and blended with aromatic spices, giving it a subtly tangy and balanced flavor. Nigerians, on the other hand, prefer a bolder approach; you know Nigerians have always seen anywhere they go, just like their Jollof rice featuring a fiery mix of peppers and a hint of smokiness, courtesy of their party jollof grills. Nigerians are known for smoky Jollof rice.

Ghanaians opt for basmati rice, while Nigerians swear by long-grain parboiled rice. The actual battle of these Jollof superstars lies in the taste and flavor profiles. 

So where do I stand with this? I do not take a side; each region has its unique taste and spice, which I love to savor.

Tips and Variations for Ghana Jollof Rice

For you to achieve the perfect Jollof rice flavor, the key lies in the balance of flavors and the ideal rice texture. To ensure a flavorful dish, sauté onions, garlic, and ginger until fragrant before adding the tomato base. Don’t be shy with spices like thyme, curry, and bay leaves.  And here’s a secret to fluffy rice: rinse them thoroughly, and you can parboil it. Cook the rice over medium heat and avoid excessive stirring to prevent it from being mushy or soggy.

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Ghana Jollof

Ghana Jollof Rice

Ghanaian Jollof Rice is a perfectly cooked dish with tantalizing  Ghanaian spices and flavors.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Ghanaian

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups basmati rice
  • 2 large onions (roughly chopped)
  • 3 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 5 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 medium can tomato paste
  •  habanero pepper (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoon  curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes (crushed)
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, bell peppers)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the basmati rice thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear.
    4 cups basmati rice
  • In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent and slightly golden.
    3 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and habanero pepper blend smoothly
    5 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • Stir in the tomato paste, curry powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, crushed chicken bouillon cubes, and salt. Allow the mixture to cook for about 5 minutes, ensuring the spices are well mixed.
    1 medium can tomato paste, 2 chicken bouillon cubes (crushed)
  • Add the rice pot, stirring gently to coat the rice with the flavorful tomato mixture.
  • Pour in enough water to cover the rice (about 5 cups).
  • Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the bay leaves and mixed vegetables. Give it a gentle stir to distribute the vegetables evenly.
    1 cup mixed vegetables (carrot, bell peppers), 3 bay leaves
  • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it up gently with a fork, allowing the steam to escape.
  • Your scrumptious Ghanaian Jollof rice is now ready to be served! Enjoy it as a delightful main course or pair it with your favorite grilled or fried chicken, fish, or boiled eggs.

Notes

Note: Avoid stirring the rice while cooking to prevent it from becoming sticky.
Don’t add too much water, you can add more water little by little as it cooks.
Keyword Ghana Jollof Rice
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Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah Olayiwola
Deborah is a content marketing specialist, with a passion for the food niche, she writes engaging content that celebrates the joy of food and its power to bring people together. Having worked on different projects. Her curiosity and creativity shines through in her writing.
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