International Cuisine, Main Course, One Pot Meals

Jollof Rice | South African Jollof Rice

What is Jollof Rice ?

Jollof Rice is a quick One Pot meal that is bursting with tomatoes, onions, meat, spices, peppers and is usually served as main Course with meat / veggie sides. But today we are exploring a vegetarian (vegan even!) version of the popular West African dish. 

In the way that the culinary world has expanded, Global Cuisine is literally an arm’s length away. If you are in India, today’s supermarkets and gourmet stores stock the best of Global ingredients – from Rice paper sheets to kimchi to avocado to harissa paste – you get the drift

While combing recipes from African cuisine, I remembered how close it was to Indian in many ways – the use of paprika, cayenne, cumin and coriander – is so common to both African and Indian Cuisine. 

Jollof Rice is a quick One Pot meal that is bursting with spices, peppers and is usually served as main Course with meat / veggie sidesPin

Jollof Rice is a quick One Pot meal that is bursting with spices, peppers and is usually served as main Course with meat / veggie sides. Usually baked in the oven, but I did a spin on this as the oven was down. Used pre-cooked rice. 

What is the USP of Jollof Rice ?

The key to any vegetarian Jollof rice is a special spice paste made with certain ingredients and Homemade Veg Stock. Read on to find out more ..

Nigerian Jollof Rice

A flavour-packed One Pot meal that is sure to entice your tastebuds. Served as a main dish with meats or sautéed vegetables for parties or potluck

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Prep time– 20 mins ; Cook time – 20 mins, Serves – 3

What you need to make Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • 1 cup rice (short grained / basmati)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 2 dried bay leaves (opt.)
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic 
  • 1/4 cup Mixed Veggies (Totally optional, but I added them as I was making this for a lunch box)
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp Tomato Paste (thick) 
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Veg Stock

Spice Paste for Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • 4 Tomatoes (Roma works best)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno (Scotch Bonnet) 
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Jollof Rice is a quick One Pot meal that is bursting with spices, peppers and is usually served as main Course with meat / veggie sidesPin

How to make Nigerian Jollof Rice:

  1. One can either choose to make rice ahead and use (which I did to save time) or bake the rice with the spices. 
  2. While I will update the second method soon, sharing the method for the former below.
  3. Wash, clean and cook rice as per packet instructions with water and veg stock . 
  4. Keep the cooked rice aside, fluff it with a fork and let it cool a bit. 
  5. Meanwhile, make the paste with ingredients under “Spice paste” section without any additional water
  6. In a pan, heat oil. 
  7. Add the minced garlic, onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes
  8. Now add the mixed veggies and saute till they are tender, but still hold a bite.
  9. Add salt, and the prepared spice paste along with the Tomato paste
  10. Stir well.
  11. Add the cooked and cooled rice
  12. Toss well, add curry powder, and adjust salt and seasonings incl any spice you might like to add.
  13. Serve with a salad / side of your choice. 
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Jollof Rice | South African Jollof Rice

Kalyani
Jollof Rice is a quick One Pot meal (Vegan+ GF) that is bursting with spices, peppers and is usually served as main Course with meat / veggie sides.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, RIce
Cuisine International, South African
Servings 3 servings
Calories 342 kcal

Equipment

  • pan
  • Chopping Board
  • Wet Blender
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rice short grained / basmati
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp Oil any neutral oil
  • 2 Bay leaf opt.
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Mixed Veggies Totally optional
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1 tsp Tomato Paste thick
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Veg Stock click on link in post for recipe

Spice Paste for Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • 4 Tomatoes Roma works best
  • 1 Onions
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Jalapeno Scotch Bonnet
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Whole Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • One can either choose to make rice ahead and use (which I did to save time) or bake the rice with the spices.
  • While I will update the second method soon, sharing the method for the former below.
  • Wash, clean and cook rice as per packet instructions with water and veg stock .
  • Keep the cooked rice aside, fluff it with a fork and let it cool a bit.
  • Meanwhile, make the paste with ingredients under “Spice paste” section without any additional water
  • In a pan, heat oil.
  • Add the minced garlic, onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes
  • Now add the mixed veggies and saute till they are tender, but still hold a bite.
  • Add salt, and the prepared spice paste along with the Tomato paste
  • Stir well.
  • Add the cooked and cooled rice
  • Toss well, add curry powder, and adjust salt and seasonings incl any spice you might like to add.
  • Serve with a salad / side of your choice.

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gSodium: 1201mgPotassium: 692mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2861IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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6 Comments

  1. Chef Mireille

    5 stars
    I’ve only ever had West African Joloff Rice. Did not know it was a thing in South Africa also. It is one of my favorite of all African rice dishes. It is very popular here. They even have an annual Joloff Rice competition.

    • An annual Jollof rice competition – wow ..I learnt something new too, Mir !! Do the recipes vary between South and Western African Jollof rice versions ?

  2. 5 stars
    For a long time anything with tomatoes was my daughter’s favorites. i remember researching and making this for her, then it fell off the wagon. So glad you jolted me back into the jollof rice.

  3. Loredana Amante -Casimir

    5 stars
    Love the recipe. Thank you. I ate that rice in Senegal. It’s delicious.

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