Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a West African meal that has gained international acclaim for its extraordinary depth of flavor. Whereas most rice dishes are served as side dishes to the main course, Jollof is unquestionably the headliner.
The cuisine is a celebration of West Africa’s sharing culture, and it is smoked, spicy, and aromatic. Nobody ever leaves Auntie’s place without going home with a bowl.

Jollof Rice is mostly common in west Africa and it is consumed in most regions like Nigeria, Gambia, Sierre Leone, Togo, Cameroon, Senegal, and many others. The only thing is that their ingredients are different.

Origin Of Jollof Rice

The roots of jollof rice may be traced back to the Senegambian territory governed by the Wolof or Jolof Empire in the 14th century, which spanned portions of today’s Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania and was where rice was farmed. The cuisine is based on a classic dish called thieboudienne, which includes rice, fish, shellfish, and vegetables.

Spices For Jollof rice

Whether you’re making Jollof in Ghana, Nigeria, or Senegal, your skillfully prepared spice will help you make the ideal meal.

How to cook party Jollof rice

Party Jollof is traditionally cooked over an open fire to absorb the smokiness, before adding smoky paprika, thyme, rosemary, and nutmeg to boost the taste. You may also add butter or coconut oil, and serve it with grilled chicken, salad, fried plantain, or avocado because added fat is always a good idea.

Party Jollof is usually served at open ceremonies such as birthdays or weddings and people always look forward to it.

Jollof Rice Ingredients

Rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, frying oil, fish, lamb, goat meat, chicken, or beef are the main components in jollof rice. Different regions, however, have their unique method and components for preparing this dish.

There is a distinction between Ghanaian and Nigerian Jollof, as everyone interested knows. Perhaps the defining component is the ingredients utilized.

To Prepare Your Jollof Rice, You have To Get These Things Ready First

  • Tomato Stew
  • Chicken or any other meat (wash and cut your chicken or any meat into pieces. Cook with thyme, knorr cubes, and chopped onions. Your cooking time here depends on whatever meat you will be using when done grill it in an Oven. You may also fry it (if you want) this is to give it a nice look that is more presentable especially when you have a guest.
  • Parboil the rice, rinse the parboiled rice and put it in a sieve to drain.

How To Cook Jollof Rice

Explore the recipe below to make your tasty Jollof. Be sure you have prepared your elements before you start.


Jollof Rice

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins


  • 30 or 750 cups or g long grain parboiled rice
  • Tomato Stew
  • Onions
  • Stock Cubes
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Thyme
  • Curry powder


  • Pour the chicken or meat stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil
  • Add the parboiled rice, curry powder, salt, and pepper to taste and make sure your water level should be at the same time level of the rice so that all the water dries up at the same time the rice is cooked.
  • Cover the pot and leave to cook on low medium heat so the rice won’t burn before the water dries up
  • Taste to Confirm
  • Serve with Salad or Fried Plaintain
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Beatrice Ige
My name is Beatrice Ige, A food blogger/Writer/Chef, Also graduated with a diploma in Computer Engineering from Aptech Institute, I have been a passionate food lover since my childhood days, it's a pleasure taking you on a journey with my recipes and articles.

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