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The national dish of Nigeria - Jollof rice

Recipe: The national dish of Nigeria - Jollof rice

Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine African
Servings 8


  • 600 g rice
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 3 habaneros
  • 275 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 cubes beef stock
  • 1 tsp curry
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 60 g butter 4 tbsp
  • salt
  • chicken
  • plantains


  • In a blender mix one onion, tomatoes, red pepper and habaneros into a smooth puree.
  • Fry the remaining onion in the oil until cooked through. Add the puree and fry for 7-10 minutes or until the oil is on top of the tomato sauce.
  • Season the tomato sauce with salt, stock cubes, curry, thyme, all spice and bay leaves. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir into the sauce. Reduce the heat to the minimum.
  • Place the butter on the rice and cover the pot with a foil paper and a lid.
  • Cook for about 40-60 minutes or until the rice is cooked. The steam plus the tomato sauce should be enough to cook the rice. If however it is not cooked enough, add some stock a little at a time and cook until the rice is done.
  • While the rice cooks it could be good to prepare the chicken and fry the plantains.
  • Serve the jollof rice with chicken and fried plantains.