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Jollof Rice
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Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a common staple dish loved by many different cultures in Western/Sub-Saharan Africa. It is made of rice, tomatoes, onions, spices and vegetables.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine African
Keyword african, Jollof, rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Sheryl


  • 2.5 C white rice Basmati
  • 1.5 C vegetable stock
  • 2-4 cubes Maggi (vegetable or chicken)
  • 12 oz frozen veggies bagged
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil plus additional for cooking
  • 1 pc fresh ginger, 1" in size
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


To make the onion paste:

  • Start by blending 1 ½ of your onions, vegetable oil, ginger, and habanero pepper until everything is a smooth paste. Transfer to a medium size bowl.

Combine with tomatoes:

  • Then blend your diced tomatoes until smooth and transfer to the bowl with onion paste. You can mix until well combined.
  • Then add the blended tomato/onion mix and cook until it starts cooking. 

Add the rice:

  • Add the rice and vegetable stock and cook on high, until it starts cooking.
  • Bring the heat as low as possible and cover with a lid. Cook for a total of 20-25 minutes.

Add the vegetables & cook:

  • After simmering for about 10 minutes, you can add the vegetables. Stir in well, until well combined and cover again, and cook for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve while hot.