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Method for preparing Jollof Rice :Preparation of an African Recipe

Updated on July 10, 2012

How to cook Jollof rice

A plate of jollof rice and plaintain
A plate of jollof rice and plaintain

How to prepare Jollof Rice

Most of the time, I have my friends comes for dinner, I always love to include Jollof rice on my menu because I noticed that they usually love it. Jollof rice is a popular West Africa recipe that is made of rice, tomato puree and other ingredients. Different people use different method of preparation. I will explain a method which I use regularly and I guess you can try it at home. Though cooking is all about creativity, so no matter any ways in preparing your meal, the most important thing is to come up with the menu you enjoy.

We will need the following ingredients to prepare jollof rice for four adults.

  1. 2 cups of long grain rice, please avoid easy cook rice.
  2. A canned tin of plum tomatoes (you can use any chopped or plum tomatoes)
  3. I bell pepper
  4. Half chilli pepper (common in the Africa or Asian stores)
  5. A bulb of onion
  6. Two tablespoon of Vegetable oil/ olive oil
  7. 1 spoonful of margarine
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Thyme, Curry powder and Bay leave for flavour
  10. Chicken stock
  11. I cube of Maggi (usually sold in Africa store)
  12. 4 pieces of chicken
  13. Browned chopped Liver/kidney (optional)


  1. Blend your tomato, onion, bell pepper and chilli pepper in a blender to a smooth paste.
  1. Place your pot on a high heat cooker.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoon of oil and tablespoon full of margarine into the hot pot to be heated.
  3. Pour your blended paste into the pot.
  4. Add Curry, Thyme, Bay leave, I cube of maggi to the blended paste.
  5. Add a cup of chicken stock and cover the pot for 10minutes allowing the paste to become thicker
  6. Wash your rice to reduce the starch as much as you can.
  7. Pour your rice into the paste and stir to make sure the liquid covers the rice.
  8. Add your brown chopped liver/kidney
  9. Cover your pot and let it cook for 15minutes under low to medium heat.
  10. Check the rice for salt and add to taste.
  11. By now, the liquid would have soaked your rice, so check if your rice needs water, add little water without stirring.
  12. Let it cook for another 15 minutes.
  13. Check to see if your rice is soft, crispy but not soggy.
  14. Turn off the heat, stir and allow to simmer for 5minutes.

Serve with fried chicken and plantain

Plantain is optional (will write about plaintain in another hub)


Maggi, Chilli pepper, Bell pepper, Onion and Tin of Tomatoes on a plate
Maggi, Chilli pepper, Bell pepper, Onion and Tin of Tomatoes on a plate
Blender paste inside a blender
Blender paste inside a blender

Jollof Rice

1.5 stars from 4 ratings of Jollof Rice

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 4 people


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      Lola Oyedotun-Balogun 3 years ago from Calgary

      You are welcome- Glad you love it

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      healthy takeaway 4 years ago

      hi lola,

      I'm half way to finish my fish and chips recipe for today but my daughter already seen your recipe and like to catch this for dinner. Your Jollof Rice is an interesting name with an interesting recipe. My kids will surely love this. I would like also to add up your idea in my blog . Thanks for this evening deliciously recipe!

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      Lola Oyedotun-Balogun 5 years ago from Calgary are very welcome... make sure you make jollof rice for my name sake this weekend. thanks for voting my hub

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Hello Lola (my daughter's name sake). I love Jollof Rice. My kids too. Thanks for sharing.

      @rjsadowski, you are absolutely right about that. Spanish rice does have a similarity with our Nigerian Jollof rice, but with less pepper/onion (the blended vegies).

      Great hub, voted Up and Useful!

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      Lola Oyedotun-Balogun 5 years ago from Calgary

      @rjsadowski...really? i have never had spanish rice before. But the kidney/liver is just optional... i like to include as part of my own recipe.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      If you eliminate the kidney and the chicken, your recipe is similar to what Americans call Spanish rice. Good hub.