Jollof rice is a dish that is most popular in West African countries. It is known to be a one pot dish, making it a perfect quick and tasty meal.
The name 'Jollof rice' comes from the Wolof people, and is also known as benanchin, or for French speakers 'riz au gras' - meaning 'fat rice', though not everyone is happy with that name.
The popular West African dish can be made for special occasions like weddings, baby showers, made in pressed shapes for a more formal presentation of the dish. Jollof rice is usually served with a side salad or with a meat side serving.
Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof are the most popular of the lot - though don't ask us which is better!
So, without further ado, Grass-fields presents 10 different ways to cook Jollof rice.
Senegalese Jollof Rice
The main ingredients in this dish are fish, tomato puree, chilies, stock, spices and of course rice. In Senegal, this dish is known as Thieboudienne, a French word derived from the Wolof ceebu jën, which means rice and fish.
The main ingredients are fish, fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, cabbage, carrots, bay leaves, rice and spices to taste.
Watch home cook MsEss2011 make the dish her mother, mother's, mother taught her.
Party Jollof Rice
The main ingredients for this dish are chicken breast, rice, onions, garlic cloves, tomatoes, chillies, tomato paste, chicken stock, red peppers, green peppers, mushrooms, green beans and spices to taste. But party Jollof rice is all about your party after all! So pack your Jollof recipe with most savoury foods you enjoy.
This is one for you if you have children or you're not too keen on spice. Look up chef Trilees cooks show you how to make a tasty children and heat free version of Jollof rice.
All of these dishes have something special to them, but they are mostly prepared the same way. Here's our all-purpose Jollof recipe:
Chop up the vegetables and slice the meat into smaller pieces
Heat the pan or pot and fry the onions
Once the onions are caramelised, add meat or fish. Next put in your spices, veggies, and broth
Add the rice and bring the pot to boil
Once boiling, turn the pot down to a simmer until the rice and meat are cooked.
Here's a tip: make this dish easier by using use pre-cooked rice and pre-cooked meat. You could even use some leftover meat.
By this time your stomach will be grumbling and can’t wait to dig into your delicious meal. Not only is this meal easy to make but it does not break the bank or take the whole evening to cook.
You will be able to bring all the aromas of Africa right to your kitchen, customised to your own taste, or with your own twist. This is a meal the whole family will love and will leave them begging for more.
BONUS: Watch the FungBros try Jollof and other West African food
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