Do you want to surprise your family or friends? Try to cook the original Ghanaian jollof rice for them! Read the article and find the easiest way to cook this delicious dish.
Jollof rice probably is related to rice dishes eaten by the Wolof people of Senegal and Gambia, but its popularity has spread to most of West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana. Based on rice, tomatoes and usually meat or fish, it is believed by some to be the origin of Cajun jambalaya.
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Also, it is spelled jolof or djolof rice. The Gambian version is called benachin.
The recipe for 4-6 servings.
- Oil -- 1/4 cup
- Chicken, cut into pieces -- 1 1/2 pounds
- Water or stock -- 5 cups
- Onions chopped -- 2
- Red or green bell pepper chopped -- 1
- Garlic, minced -- 3 or 4 cloves
- Long-grain rice -- 3 cups
- Tomato paste -- 1/4 cups
- Tomatoes chopped -- 2 cups
- Carrots peeled and cut -- 2
- Green beans -- 1 cup
- Cabbage chopped -- 1 cup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil over medium-high flame in a large pot. Working in batches, add the chicken and brown on all sides. Remove the chicken to another large bowl and add the water or stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- While the chicken simmers, pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil out of the first pot. Heat the oil over medium flame, add the onions and peppers and sauté until the onions are wilted and translucent, 4 or 5 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir the rice into the onions and peppers and heat through for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste to coat the rice and give it a reddish hue. Add the chopped tomatoes and let them cook down for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Pour in the chicken and its simmering liquid into the rice pot and insert the carrots, green beans, and cabbage. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat, let it rest for another 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with the dodo, sliced hard-boiled eggs and a side salad.
JOLLOF RICE VARIATIONS
There are many variations of jollof rice. Feel free to improvise using meat and vegetables you have in your fridge. Try beef, ham, shrimp, fish, goat or pork. For vegetables, add peas, potatoes, eggplant or mushrooms
Beef Jollof Rice: Substitute cubed stewing beef for the chicken. After browning the meat, simmer in liquid for 45 minutes before adding to the sautéed rice mixture.
Vegetarian Jollof Rice: Simply eliminate the meat and stir hot water or vegetable stock into the sautéed rice mixture.
Optional spices that can be used to flavor the dish are cinnamon, curry powder or cayenne. Some minced chile peppers can be added with the onions to add extra bite.
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