Making that breath taking Jollof rice is really as easy as the thought of it…
If you follow a lot of Nigerian food pages on Instagram you would come across various mouth-watering Pictures Of Jollof rice that would leave you drooling. 😪
I used to think to be able to prepare such kind of jollof rice you must be a professional cook… Not Until I was taught the secret to making the world-class Jollof Rice I have always dreamed of….
I might really be stingy with a plate of jollof rice but sharing the secret recipe to making yours won’t be a problem… 😎 ok let’s get started already…
First You need the ingredients to perform this magic.. 🎇
They include long-grain parboiled rice, tomatoes and/or tomato paste, pepper, vegetable oil (such as sunflower or groundnut) and onions. Common additional accessories and seasonings include meat stock, stock cubes, curry powder, dried thyme, garlic and/or ginger and bay leaves. Not Forgetting Meat, Chicken and Plantain etc… And maybe some vegetables to garnish it.
Now that you have all that… Lets get down to business
First.. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large deep-frying pan over a high heat then add the meat and fry for about 5 mins till golden all over. Lift out of the pan onto a plate.
Add the rest of the oil to the pan and fry the onions until soft but not golden, about 5 mins. While the onions cook, make the ginger and chilli base. Put the garlic, tomatoes, ginger and chilli into a food processor or blender and whizz till smooth.
Add the tomato purée(thin tomatoes) to the onions, fry for another 2 mins then add the ginger and chilli mix. Crumble or crush in the stock cube(maggi, knor or any other brand) , stir then pour in 600ml boiling water. Add the chicken, bring to the boil then simmer for 15 mins.
Put the rice into a large bowl, cover with cold water and use your hands to wash the grains. Tip the water out then repeat twice until the water runs clear. Add the rice to the pan, turn the heat down to a simmer then cover with foil and a lid (so no steam can escape) and cook for 20 mins.
Take the lid off (the rice won’t be cooked yet) then scatter the peppers, curry powder, thyme and bay leaves over the rice. Re-cover and cook for 10 mins until the veg is softened and the rice tender. Just before serving, mix the veg through and scatter over coriander.
At this point we our Jollof Rice Is Ready… Now we move over to fry our Plantains..
First, Peel the plantain and slice into your preferred shape or form in a bowl, sprinkle salt over it.. Then
Pour Vegetable oil (or other oil of your choosing for frying) into the fry pan wait for it to get hot alil..
Now add the peices and fry till they get golden brown…
Take them out into a sieve to drain the extra oil.
Gbam! You have your jollof rice prepared and ready to serve😉🙌
Now that i have shared the secret… You shouldn’t be stingy… also do same by sharing this article with family and and friends..