Different Ways Of Making Jollof Rice
Nigeria is a country blessed with varieties of rich food and culture; when you visit a Nigerian family, there are meals that they entertain you with, and I bet you that the top on the list of meals they will offer you will be a “jollof rice.”
Jollof rice is a regular meal in Nigeria; it is the most wanted and consumed in Nigeria, especially in several households; you can’t host a party in Nigeria without preparing a bowl of Jollof rice.
And I could tell you for free that Jollof rice is one of the primary reasons most people attend Nigerian parties, combined with the music and dancing you will love it.
Jollof rice is a well-known West African dish consisting of rice, tomato, onions, tomato, paste, peppers, salts, and spices; I tell you that you can’t have a bowl of Jollof rice without these ingredients.
Making Jollof Rice – Ingredients
Before starting a meal, you must have ingredients ready for you to prepare the meal, because they are what makes it tasty, delicious and attractive.
5-6 cups of rice
3/4 cup of groundnut oil
5 tbsp of tomato paste
1tbsp of curry powder and thyme four cloves of garlic
1tbsp of grated ginger
1tbsp of salt(depending on your taste) 1 onion medium sized (sliced) 1tomato(sliced)
1tbsp of seasoning powder
Making Jollof Rice – Sauce
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Cooking Jollof Rice
I believe every meal must have a base, and for my Jollof, I prefer making the sauce the bottom and making it separately.
If not, you might end up not having a jollof rice. So each step must be carried out in detail.
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Firstly, boil the oil on the stove, then slice your onion into it to give it a pleasant smell, ensure your onions is gold brown, before adding your tomato paste, stir your tomato paste after adding it, left to me I will fry this for another 5 minutes.
While you are doing this, ensure your sauce has been blended and is ready.
Add Ginger and Garlic: This helps give it a natural smell, ensure it is mixed with the tomato paste for about 2-3 minutes, make sure it doesn’t burn, but I believe you would have noticed the smell at this point.
Add the blended sauce: At times, I mix my sauce with the tomato paste and boil it together until it doesn’t smell raw, but I advise you follow these steps because it helps to give it the flavor it deserves, cover the pot and let it steam for 15-20 minutes, depending on how the sauce looks at this point, you will know when to proceed once the water is dried and it looks thick.
Parboil the rice: While the sauce is on the stove, you parboil the rice to avoid being sticky and draw starch.
Add your seasoning cube, curry, thyme, salt, and Bay leave: After applying all these add the rice and stir to cover the pot and allow it to steam adequately.
Add your fried chicken /turkey, grilled with gizzard and plantain(depending on what you want).
Note: A long grain parboiled rice is preferable in preparing Jollof rice, though you can also make use of various types of rice, trust me, you will still love it.
Your jollof rice will be best enjoyed with a chilled beside it, and whether it is Coca-Cola, Fanta, or any malt drink preferably, it is your choice. I confidently tell you that you aren’t going to regret consuming this meal.