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How to make Nigerian jollof rice

How to make Nigerian jollof rice

Jollof rice is one of the most simple and the easy to make Nigerian food, you’d want to start from here if you are new to Nigerian foods.

Are you married to a Nigerian person and probably looking for an easy to make African Food? 

Nigerian jollof rice is accepted all over the world and the ingredient used is found in all parts of the world. This was one of the first foods I learned to prepare at a younger age, my tactics only improved over the years.

There are different kinds of rice recipes in Nigeria and of course, you will find all of them on this site, Let’s start with the jollof rice, then we talk about how to make Nigerian Fried rice, ofada rice and the local rice, I have a special liking for local rice with palm oil.

Ingredients for Making Nigerian Jollof Rice (for 6 persons)
  • 4 cups of rice
  • 1kg beef
  • 1000ml of Ground Fresh tomatoes (your blender is calibrated, 1000ml = 1 litre)
  • 50ml Ground Fresh peppers
  • Spices (Curry, Thyme, Delice, Nutmeg, Chicken spice)
  • 3 cubes of knorr of maggi
  • 2 cups of sliced onions
  • 300ml vegetable or groundnut oil
  • salt to taste.
  • 3 cloves of garlic and 2 fingers of ginger
Parboil the beef (or any meat of your choice) with the spices listed above. I like to use lots of them so as to end up with very tasty beef. And then prepare the main food with the meat stock (meat water).

Add water so that more than half of the entire beef is submerged, then add 2 seasoning cubes, a teaspoon of beef seasoning spice, 1 cup of sliced onions, one teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon each of curry/thyme.

Peel of the outer back of the ginger/garlic, pound or grind.

Parboil the rice the normal way, boil about 7 cups of water in a pot, add the four cups of rice and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Then pour out and wash thoroughly with clean water then set aside in a bowl or plastic sieve as you will see in my jollof rice videos below.

How to Make Nigerian Jollof Rice.

Pick out the parboiled tasty beef and deep fry, this wouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

Cooked beef on the left side and the stock on the right side. This beef stock is very important in Nigerian cooking.

Once you are done with frying the beef, reduce the oil to 250ml (1 cup) just add the remaining one cup of sliced onions, stir for 1-2 minutes and add the ground tomatoes. I like to commence cooking jollof rice with the same oil I used in frying the beef, Using a fresh oil is just the same as cooking without the beef stock (meat water) which actually hold over 70 per cent of the ingredient that is used in making most Nigerian foods, the end result is a tasteless meal.

Frying the tomatoes would take about 30 minutes. Fry until when you lift a portion with your frying spoon you will notice the oil continues to boil in the spoon. You also notice the tomatoes turning dark.

Once the tomato is well fried, remove half and set aside. add the meat water to the remaining fried tomato in the pot, the ground ginger/garlic, a teaspoon each of curry and thyme, two teaspoons of salt then add 3 cups of water, 750ml (Please use the recommended cups), add another seasoning cube. Stir and taste, it should taste overly spiced. Don’t worry, once the rice is added the taste would balance.

Then add the rice and cover to cook.

Add the fried tomatoes you initially removed, (I do this so my rice doesn’t start burning before it is properly cooked).

Then just cook till the rice is soft for consumption, Remember that you can add water occasionally.

Voila!!!

Turn and serve with the fried meat.

This is just how to make jollof rice, you can serve with the fried meat, salad and maybe a bottle of your favourite drink
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