Mastering the Art: A Comprehensive Nigerian Jollof Rice Recipe

Welcome food enthusiasts, home cooks, and lovers of all things flavorful! Today, we delve into the world of Nigerian cuisine and its crowned glory - Jollof Rice. A dish steeped in rich history and culinary tradition, Jollof Rice, transcends geographical boundaries and brings together communities in a symphony of tastes and aromas.

At the heart of our recipe today is rice. A staple in many cultures, rice in this instance takes on a vibrant personality of its own, absorbing the tanginess of tomatoes, the heat of peppers, and the earthiness of various spices, all culminating in the iconic Jollof Rice.

The versatility of Jollof Rice is another factor that adds to its charm. It's a standalone masterpiece that pairs well with a variety of accompaniments - from grilled chicken to sautéed vegetables and succulent fish, offering a different dining experience with every combination.

My personal touch? I love adding a dash of smoked paprika to the dish. The subtle smokiness adds a depth of flavor that never fails to evoke "ohs" and "ahs" at the dinner table.

If you're opting for a vegan meal, Nigerian Jollof Rice can be served with a vibrant medley of pan-roasted vegetables. No matter how you prefer your Jollof Rice, it remains a joyous celebration of flavors and textures that will dance on your palate.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings Yield
30 Minutes 60 Minutes 90 Minutes 4-6 People 1 Large Pot of Jollof Rice

Ingredients for Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • 2 cups of long-grain parboiled rice
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 cubes of chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika (optional)
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero (optional for heat)
  • 2 cups of chicken broth or water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (peas, carrots)

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Element Amount per Serving
Calories 350 kcal
Protein 7 g
Fat 8 g
Carbohydrates 60 g
Fiber 4 g
Sodium 800 mg


  1. Rinse the long-grain parboiled rice thoroughly under cool running water. Drain and set aside for later use.

  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion and bell pepper. Stir occasionally and cook until the onion becomes translucent and the bell pepper softens, approximately 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the minced garlic, thyme, curry powder, and white pepper. Cook for a minute or so until the garlic is fragrant but not burnt.

  4. Add the canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken bouillon cubes, optional smoked paprika, and also the Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero if using. Stir all the ingredients together and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes. The tomatoes and peppers should break down, and the spices meld together.

  5. Next, add in the previously rinsed rice. Stir so that the tomato and spice mixture coats each grain. This step is crucial to ensure all the flavors are distributed evenly through the dish.

  6. Pour the chicken broth or water into the pot and add the bay leaves. Stir to combine, then bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid and let it simmer. It is important not to remove the lid or stir the rice during this time.

  7. Cook the rice for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed.

  8. Lastly, stir in the mixed vegetables and add salt to taste, covering the pot once more and allowing it to cook for an additional 5 minutes. The steam will perfectly cook the vegetables

  9. Your Nigerian Jollof Rice is ready to serve! Fluff the rice gently with a fork before serving to distribute the veggies and to keep the grains separate. Enjoy hot with a side of grilled chicken, fish or a simple salad.

Let's delve into the Nutritional Facts about our scrumptious Nigerian Jollof Rice to better understand what each delightful serving brings to your table.

Each serving of this delectable dish supplies your body with approximately 350 Calories. Most of these come from the carbohydrates in the rice, making it an excellent energy source, especially if you lead an active lifestyle.

Our recipe provides you with a decent punch of 7 grams of protein per serving. The protein mainly comes from the mixed vegetables and the rice, helping to keep your body strong and healthy.

A serving of Nigerian Jollof Rice contains approximately 8 grams of fat. Remember that your body needs some fat for energy and to support cell growth, among other functions.

Rice is an excellent source of carbohydrates and our Nigerian Jollof Rice offers about 60 grams per serving. This macronutrient is, undoubtedly, the body's primary energy source.

Thanks to the vegetables and the rice used in the recipe, each serving gives you about 4 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber is essential for a healthy digestive system and can aid in managing your body weight, among other benefits.

There is approximately 800 mg of sodium per serving in this recipe. The sodium comes from the seasonings, bouillon cubes, and to some extent, the vegetables. Sodium is essential for nerve and muscle functioning and to keep your body fluids in normal balance.

Incredible taste and a host of nutrition benefits make Nigerian Jollof Rice a dish worth embracing. As with any dish, remember to enjoy it as part of a balanced diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use a different type of rice for Nigerian Jollof Rice?
    While you can use a different type of rice, long-grain parboiled rice is specifically recommended for Nigerian Jollof Rice as it holds its shape and doesn't stick together.

  • What alternatives can I use for the chicken bouillon cubes?
    You can substitute chicken bouillon cubes with vegetable bouillon cubes if you want a vegetarian or vegan version of the recipe. Alternatively, you can also use homemade chicken broth or vegetable broth for more natural flavoring.

  • Is Nigerian Jollof Rice spicy?
    Traditionally, Nigerian Jollof Rice is moderately spiced. However, you can adjust the level of spiciness to your liking by reducing or increasing the amount of Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero in the recipe.

  • What can I serve with Nigerian Jollof Rice?
    Nigerian Jollof Rice is often served with sides like fried plantains, grilled chicken, fish, or a mixed vegetable salad. But feel free to pair it with your favorite accompaniments.

  • How can I store leftover Nigerian Jollof Rice?
    Store any leftover Nigerian Jollof Rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last for about 3-4 days. You can reheat it in a microwave or on the stove with a little added broth or water to prevent it from drying out.


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