Nigerian food: What are the best recipes of Jollof rice?

What do you know about Jollof rice? It is one of the most well-know dishes of Nigerian national cuisine, isn’t it? Have you ever cooked or tasted it? Continue reading the article to find out more info about this spectacular food.

Nigerian Jollof rice

Jollof rice is the most much-loved dish of Nigerian national cuisine. Jollof rice and beans are incredibly admired in every area of Nigeria, where you will be surely surprised with extraordinary and superb recipes of this rice.

Consequently, we will tell you additional information about Jollof rice recipes. It is one of those dishes one must certainly taste in Nigeria.


During his life an average Nigerian citizen eats thousands of portions of Jollof rice, thought this culinary dish is not originally Nigerian. Jollof rice spread to Nigeria from Senegal from the Wolof ethnos.

Jollof rice is widespread throughout West Africa. It is something of a local pilaf or paella, as it is often cooked with chicken. This Jollof rice recipe is also very well-liked in Ghana.

Nigerian Jollof rice

Recipes and schools

There are many schools of cooking Nigerian Jollof rice. Every city, town, village and family has its own methods of cooking this delicious national food.

Now we offer you the classical and the most popular Jollof rice recipes.

Nigerian Jollof rice

Classical Jollof rice recipe


  • 250 gr. of basmati rice;
  • 1 onion;
  • 2 bell peppers seeded and cut into small cubes;
  • 1 can of tomatoes;
  • 3 tablespoons of oil;
  • 2 cloves of garlic;
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste;
  • 2 tablespoons of ketchup;
  • 1 tsp of red hot peppers;
  • 250 ml of water;
  • 2 bouillon cubes;
  • Ground black pepper, salt.

Nigerian Jollof rice

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How to cook?

Wash the rice for more than a few times and soak for fifteen minutes in clean water. After it, the water must be drained.

Heat oil and then fry onion with garlic for five minutes in either a deep pan or saucepan over medium heat. Add tomato paste, ketchup, tomatoes, and fry for another six minutes.

Add water, crumble bouillon cubes, add pepper, salt and place rice on the deep pan. The water must cover rice by three centimeters.

Fry over medium heat for twelve minutes. After it, add bell pepper and fry over low heat for six minutes.

Before serving, mix the rice carefully.

The recipe of Jollof rice with chicken


  • 1 tsp of butter;
  • Chicken;
  • 3 onions (cut into cubes);
  • Black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper;
  • Chopped chili peppers;
  • 4 cloves of garlic;
  • Bay leaf;
  • Curry powder;
  • 3 tomatoes
  • King chili (yellow) or sweet green pepper, chopped.
  • Peas or beans (optional);
  • 1 carrot/cabbage;
  • Four cups of long-grain rice;
  • 5 tablespoons of paste.

Nigerian Jollof rice

How to cook?

Boil the chicken. Then fry it until golden crust. Then add salt, onion, pepper, garlic, bay leaves and curry in the similar oil, where chicken was boiled;

Fry onions. Add garlic and tomatoes. Stir for seven minutes, and then add broth and vegetables. Fry over low heat for seven minutes;

Then add chili pepper and boil for six minutes;

Put rice in a separate pot. Add water and tomato paste. Boil it until half cooked;

Add your rice to broth with vegetables;

Salt it, stir and cover until ready.

Fried chicken is served with prepared rice.

What else?

There are plenty of other recipes of Jollof rice with fish and chicken.

Nigerian Jollof rice with fish

If you desire to experience the real taste of Nigerian national cuisine, start from cooking Jollof rice.

You will definitely love it!

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