Jollof rice is a popular West African dish that is enjoyed by many people around the world. This one-pot dish is a delicious combination of rice, tomatoes, onions, and various spices.
It is perfect for a family meal or for entertaining guests. In this article, I will show you how to make jollof rice in just five easy steps.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
To make jollof rice, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of long-grain rice
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 cups of chicken broth or water
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Step 2: Cook the Rice
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes (if using) and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the rice to the pot and stir to combine. Add the chicken broth or water, and bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed.
Step 3: Add the Spices
Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also add other spices such as cumin, curry powder, or thyme.
Step 4: Fluff the Rice
Remove the pot from the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Cover the pot again and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the rice to continue steaming.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy
Your jollof rice is now ready to be served. It can be enjoyed on its own, or topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, or fried plantains.