How to Make Nigerian Jollof Rice


The dish that launched 1,000 Twitter feuds

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If you’re part of “Black Twitter” you would know that this feud reoccurs at least once a week on the TL. Reason being is that both countries have different ways of preparing this dish. Although this might sound biased because I’m Nigerian… I think, actually, I know that our jollof rice is better.

Jollof rice is the one most popular staple foods in Nigeria hence why the dish is served at most events. My method of cooking jollof rice is vegan-friendly.  Keep reading if you’d like to know how I prepare Jollof rice!

Preparation: 10 mins                                                          Cooking: 1hr

2 cups of long grain rice
4 tablespoon of tomatoes paste
4 whole tomatoes
2 Capsicum
1 scotch bonnet to taste
100ml vegetable oil
2 medium onions
1/2 teaspoon of thyme and Curry (Nigerian curry powder) to taste
1 teaspoon of salt to taste
2 cube of Maggi to taste


1) Blend the capsicum, tomatoes, scotch bonnets and one onion in a food processor to make a smooth paste and set aside.

2) Add 6 tablespoon oil into a large pot and fry half sliced onions until soft but not golden, about 5 minutes. while the onions cook, add the blended pepper, tomato puree, curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme and curry, crumble in the Maggi cubes, stir then pour in 600ml of water. cook for 15 to 20 mins.

3) while it’s cooking, 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.

4) Add the washed rice into the cooking stew then cover with a lid. cook on medium heat for 30 minutes till the rice is soft. while cooking, stir the rice at 5 minutes intervals to avoid burnt rice.

Be careful not to add too much water, Jollof rice needs steam to cook not water. Let me know how to get on! Feel free to tweet me if you have any questions! Happy cooking! how to cook nigerian jollof rice

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