Jollof Rice

This recipe for Jollof rice showcases the vibrant flavours of West African cuisine, using brown rice and a medley of aromatic spices. The cooking process involves sautéing a fragrant blend of onions, garlic, and ginger, then incorporating a rich tomato-based sauce infused with paprika, thyme, curry powder, and habanero pepper; resulting in a deliciously satisfying and authentic Jollof rice dish.

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


Servings: 1
  • 2 cups
    Brown  rice
  • 1/4 cup
    Olive oil
  • 1
    Onions finely chopped
  • 2
    Red bell pepper blend
  • 1
    Habanero pepper blend
  • 3 cloves
    Garlic blend
  • 1 tsp
    Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp
    Turmeric paste
  • 5 big
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    Curry powder
  • 2 cups
    Vegetable broth
  • Salt  adjust to taste
  • 1 cup
    Mixed vegetables (e.g., peas, carrots)


  1. In a large pot, Pour the olive oil and sauté the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger until fragrant. Cook on medium heat.

  2.  Add the turmeric paste and continue to sauté for a few minutes.

  3. Stir in the blended tomatoes, paprika, thyme, curry powder, habanero pepper, and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavours to meld and the sauce to thicken.

  4. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Drain.

  5. Add the rice to the skillet with the tomato mixture and stir to coat the rice evenly with the sauce.

  6.  Pour in the vegetable broth.

  7. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 20-25 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and has absorbed the liquid.

  8. In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the mixed vegetables and stir them into the rice.

  9. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve your delicious Jollof rice hot and enjoy!


Exercise caution with the habanero pepper; adjust quantity to your spice preference for a balanced heat level. Monitor the rice closely during the last simmering stage to prevent overcooking and maintain an ideal texture.


Courses: Nigerian Meals
Cuisines: Nigerian
Keywords: African cuisine, Brown rice Jollof, West African Jollof rice
Difficulty: Level 2 (average)
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes
Season: General
Number ingredients: 10-15 ingredients
Taste: Savory, Spicy
Preparation method: Cooking
Type of dish: Rice dish
Campaigns: VeggieChallenge

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Bola Adeyanju