How to cook Nigerian Jollof Rice

Nigerian Jollof rice is a popular West African dish that is known for its flavorful blend of rice, tomatoes, onions, and spices.

Here’s a recipe for cooking Nigerian Jollof rice:

Nigerian Jollof Rice


3 cups of rice

2 cans of tomato paste

1 red onion

1 green bell pepper

2 red bell peppers

2 habanero peppers (optional)

2 cups of chicken stock

1 tablespoon of curry powder

1 tablespoon of thyme

1 tablespoon of ginger powder

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup of vegetable oil


  1. Rinse the rice and set it aside.

2. Blend the red onion, red and green bell peppers, and habanero peppers (if using) in a blender until smooth.

3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the blended pepper mixture and fry for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Add the tomato paste, curry powder, thyme, ginger powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, bay leaves, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.

5. Add the chicken stock to the pot and stir. Allow the mixture to come to a boil.

6. Add the rice to the pot and stir well. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

7. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot.

Nigerian Jollof rice is often served with chicken, beef, or fish, and can also be accompanied by fried plantains, or salad. Enjoy!

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