Jollof rice is a beloved West African dish known for its vibrant color and rich flavour. It’s a one-pot rice dish cooked with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a variety of spices. Each country in West Africa has its own version, with subtle differences in ingredients and cooking methods. The dish is often served at celebrations and on bank holidays.

Here’s a basic outline of how it’s typically made:

  1. Blend a mixture of tomatoes, chopped onions, red bell peppers and scotch bonnet peppers to create a flavorful base.
  2. Fry this mixture in oil to create a rich tomato stew.
  3. Add spices such as jollof seasonng, thyme, curry powder, and bay leaves for depth of flavor.
  4. Cook the rice in this stew, often with a little stock or water, until it’s tender and has absorbed all the delicious flavors.

Mama Garri - Jollof rice

Jollof rice can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of sides like fried plantains, salad, or corn on the cob.