Make West African Jollof Rice

June 30, 2010  |  

My mother knows every time I come home there needs to be a hot plate of jollof rice and fried plantains waiting for me. I’m not spoiled, just a humble product of a proud Ghanaian family that makes cooking an art. There are so many amazing dishes I grew up on– the most known being “fufu”, but rice dishes have always been close to my heart.

Jolloff, like any recipe, can be switched up and adjusted to preference. Some use chicken, others use beef, but all have a mix of tomato sauce and rice.

Below is a simple and tasty way to make this traditional dish:

Olive Oil — 1/4 cup
Corned Beef– 1 can
Water or stock — 5 cups
Onions, chopped — 2
Garlic, minced — 3-4 cloves
Brown rice — 3 cups
Tomato paste — 1/4 cups
Tomatoes, chopped — 2 cups
Black eyed peas or green beans– 1 cup
Cayenne pepper– to taste
Salt and nutmeg to taste

1. Heat the olive oil over medium-high flame in a large pot. Brown chopped onions and garlic. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, cayenne pepper and corned beef. Let them simmer. Add salt and nutmeg for taste.
2. Cook brown rice in a separate pot for 25 minutes.
3. Combine sauce mixture and brown rice in a pot. Add black beans (or green peas), carrots and water to the mix. Cook mixture until water has evaporated and rice is soft.
4. Serve with vegetables and/or roasted chicken.

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  • mercilious

    we dont put garlic in it and no nutmeg.

    here is how to do it.

    half boil the rice and make sure it is still hard but almost cooked, drain it and put the tomatoe sauce in it as above witout garlic and nutmeg and add some thyme let the rice sock up the sauce and there u have it. im afican american who when to international school in ghana and they taught it there

    • Kikou2040

      You have to acknolewdge that there are so many ways of cooking ”jolof rice” because it varies according to the african countries. African sister 🙂

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  • Maria Be.

    My ex. who is Nigerian (Igbo) loves this meal!! He could never get it to taste like his mama made it tho…Im actually goin to try this recipe, brings back old memories

  • Ayman

    Ummm! I like cookin’!