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FLOSS Weekend recipe special: How to make Jollof Rice – A Flavorful West African Delight

Jollof Rice is a beloved dish that originated in West Africa and has gained international recognition for its flavors. This recipe combines rice, tomatoes, onions, and a medley of spices to create a delicious and aromatic one-pot meal. Here’s a step-by-step guide to preparing this iconic African dish:


  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, blended or finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional, for heat)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly under cold water until the water runs clear. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add the blended or chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, red and green bell peppers, thyme, curry powder, paprika, and chili powder (if desired). Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the rinsed rice to the pot and mix it well with the tomato mixture until the rice grains are evenly coated.
  7. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed the liquid. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  9. Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from heat and let it sit covered for a few minutes.
  10. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.

Jollof Rice can be enjoyed on its own but it’s better paired with grilled chicken, fried plantains, or a side salad. Its rich flavors and vibrant colors are sure to impress and transport you to the heart of West Africa. Enjoy this delicious African dish with family and friends this weekend!

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