Are you a fan of exotic cuisine but have never had the courage to make it at home? This Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe is based on the traditional Nigerian dish, but made easily with pretty common ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen cabinets.
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What Is Jollof Rice
Jollof is a type of rice that is popular in West Africa. It's traditionally made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, vegetables, onions, spices, and meat. It's a one-dish meal!
Just like other types of food, you'll find that the recipe for Jollof changes depending on where the chef is from.
In my recipe, I tried to stay as close to the traditional recipe as a could, while also making it easy for American cooks (like myself) to make!
Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe
While I have never had Nigerian food myself, I do love to try new things and I definitely would give it a try if I were to come across their offerings on a menu!
I have been to South Africa and I really loved their dishes, and I have enjoyed Ethiopian food a time or two in a restaurant here in Miami - and of course I just love trying all sorts of cuisines!
One of the best things about living in Miami is that we have such a wide array of international cuisines available to us!
If you love making new and different recipes, try a cauliflower Spanish rice recipe next!
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How to make this Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe
Nigerian rice is so easy to make! Keep reading and I will share some tips along with the easy recipe (and some step-by-step pictures so you can see how I did it).
All of the exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here is what you'll need from the store.
- White rice (I used Basmati)
- Vegetable or chicken stock
- Maggie cubes (chicken or vegetable)
- Frozen mixed vegetables
- Yellow onions
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Vegetable oil (plus a few extra tablespoons for cooking)
- Fresh ginger
- Habanero pepper
- Garlic powder
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
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Instructions for making this Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe
Start by blending 1 ½ of your onions, vegetable oil, ginger, and habanero pepper until everything is a smooth paste.
Transfer to a medium size bowl.
Then blend your diced tomatoes until smooth and transfer to the bowl with onion paste.
You can mix until well combined.
Dice the remaining onion.
Bring a pot to medium-high heat, add your remaining vegetable oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes, until it gets fragrant.
Then add the blended tomato/onion mix and cook until it starts cooking. Add the rice and vegetable stock and cook on high, until it starts cooking.
Bring the heat as low as possible and cover with a lid. Cook for a total of 20-25 minutes.
After simmering for about 10 minutes, you can add the vegetables. Stir in well, until well combined and cover again, and cook for 15 more minutes.
Remove from heat and serve while hot.
Keep leftover Nigerian rice in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Maggie Cubes Substitute
You can add shredded chicken or cubed tofu to the rice instead of Maggie cubes. This is also a wonderful way to use leftover porkchops.
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Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe
- 2 ½ cup white rice I used Basmati
- 1 ½ cup vegetable or chicken stock
- 2-4 cubes of Maggie cubes chicken or vegetable
- 1 12 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 large yellow onions
- 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil plus a few extra tablespoons for cooking
- 1 1- inch fresh ginger
- 1 habanero pepper
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- Start by blending 1 ½ of your onions, vegetable oil, ginger, and habanero pepper until everything is a smooth paste. Transfer to a medium size bowl.
- Then blend your diced tomatoes until smooth and transfer to the bowl with onion paste. You can mix until well combined.
- Dice the remaining onion. Bring a pot to medium-high heat, add your remaining vegetable oil and sauté the onions for a few minutes, until it gets fragrant.
- Then add the blended tomato/onion mix and cook until it starts cooking.
- Add the rice and vegetable stock and cook on high, until it starts cooking.
- Bring the heat as low as possible and cover with a lid. Cook for a total of 20-25 minutes.
- After simmering for about 10 minutes, you can add the vegetables. Stir in well, until well combined and cover again, and cook for 15 more minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve while hot.