How to Prepare Nigerian Jollof Rice


Jollof rice is a popular dish in West Africa, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana. It’s made with rice, tomato paste, vegetables, spices, and meat or fish. It’s usually cooked in a pot over low heat for a long time, and the result is a rich, flavorful, and hearty dish. Jollof rice is often served with a side of fried plantains, and it’s also popular at parties and celebrations. It’s a beloved dish that’s known for its delicious flavor and its ability to bring people together.

I’ll be teaching you how to make Nigerian Jollof Rice without tomatoes today. If you have a tomato allergy, are seeking to try something different (this recipe is wonderful!), or are following a weight reduction or maintenance program, this is the ideal dish for you.

Ingredients of Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • Three cups of parboiled long grain rice
  • Nine carrots or three (see note below)
  • Two sweet peppers (refer to the remark below)
  • 1.5 pounds (3.3 kg) pork (ribs)
  • One bell pepper, green
  • One white onion
  • One red onion
  • 1-tsp thyme
  • One teaspoon of Nigerian curry powder
  • White pepper (to taste, optional)
  • Habanero chile (as desired)
  • One or two cooking spoons of vegetable oil
  • Four little spice cubes with a beef flavor
  • Salt (as desired)

Utensils and tools you’ll require

I used the following excellent cooking tools to make the Nigerian Jollof Rice.

To improve the marinade, use a spice grinder to ground the herbs and spices:
a blender or chopper to mince the onions

Notes on the Ingredients of Nigerian Jollof Rice

  • To ensure that the color of the Nigerian Jollof Rice pops, purchase the reddest peppers and carrots that are high in carotene. Keep in mind that we are cooking this rice without tomatoes.
  • My favorite protein for this Nigerian Jollof Rice dish is cow ribs, but you can also use goat or lamb meat. Hard chicken or fish can be used as a last choice because, in my opinion, they don’t go very well with this dish.
  • To achieve a mild carrot flavor, substitute three carrots for the specified amount of rice. Use nine carrots for the same amount of rice if you want a strong carrot flavor or if you’re trying to lose weight.
  • Long grain parboiled rice is the finest rice to use for preparing Nigerian rice dishes; golden sella basmati rice comes in second.
  • I refer to sweet peppers as tatashe or fresh paprika. If you don’t have these two, you may substitute red bell peppers, but keep in mind that they are high in water content.
  • Use odorless and tasteless vegetable oils for optimal results. Additional oils are OK, but they will change the flavor.

Before getting ready to Nigeria Jollof Rice

  1. Thoroughly wash the veggies and remove the seeds from the sweet, tatashe, red bell, and green peppers.
  2. Use the precooking technique for rice to prepare the rice for Nigerian Jollof Rice dishes.
  3. Chop the veggies and use the chopper on each one separately.
  4. Very thoroughly clean the meat.

Instructions to Make Nigerian Jollof Rice

1, Put the meat into a sanitized pot. Add the chopped white onions, thyme, white pepper, and seasoning cubes.

2. Give the meat a good stir, cover the saucepan, and steam until it becomes pale throughout. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

3. When completely pale, add enough water to cover the ingredients, put a lid on, and begin cooking.

4. Watch it closely and add more water as needed to ensure it’s cooked through and tender.

5. Place the meat on an oven tray after removing it from the stock or broth.

6. Carefully transfer the broth or stock into a different pot if any undesirable material, such bones, are present.

7. Bring to a boil after adding the curry powder.

8. When adding the precooked rice, make sure the liquid level in the pot matches the rice’s. If it’s lower, add some water to level it off. Mix thoroughly.

9. If needed, add salt, cover, and turn the heat down to medium.

10. In the oven, grill or broil the steak until browned. It can also be deep-fried.
Heat the vegetable oil in another pot over a different burner.

11. Add the red onions and cook them for a little while.

12. When the carrots are tender, add them diced and fried.

13. When everything is well steamed, add the chopped peppers and continue to sauté.

14. Sprinkle with black pepper, curry powder, and salt, then set aside.

15. Spread out the fried mixed veggies over the rice after it’s almost dry. Cook the rice, covered, until it’s fully dry.

16. Once everything is thoroughly combined, it’s finished!

Serve the grilled beef with any side dish made with Nigerian Jollof rice, such as fried plantains, salad, kole slaw, or moi moi. For more visual information, view the video below.

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