The Nigerian rice recipe discussed here is the classic Nigerian Jollof Rice prepared at parties.
This is the type of rice used in the competition with Ghana jollof rice.
You will always see it in parties. It is quite easy to prepare if you follow the simple steps.
3¾ cups (750g) long grain parboiled rice
2-3 cups Tomato Stew
Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)
Pepper and salt (to taste)
2 medium onions
3 Knorr cubes
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons curry powder (Nigerian curry powder)
Steps to take before you cook Jollof Rice
Prepare the tomato stew. By blending your pepper and tomatoes and boiling it properly like you are preparing the usual stew for white rice.
It is advisable to prepare tomato stew before hand and keep in the freezer. This is so that whenever you want to cook any jollof rice related dish, it is just a matter of adding it to your cooking.
If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Knorr cubes and 2 bulbs of onions (chopped). The cooking time depends on the type of chicken. The rooster or cockerel cooks much faster than the hen but the hen is definitely tastier.
When done, grill it in an oven. You may also fry it. This is to give it a golden look which is more presentable especially if you have guests for dinner.
Parboil the rice. Rinse the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.
Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
Add the drained parboiled rice, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. The water level should be the same level of the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.
Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.
If you parboiled the rice as mentioned earlier, the rice should be done by the time the water is dry. Taste to confirm. If not, you will need to add more water and reduce the heat to prevent burning. Keep cooking till done.
Serve with Peppered Fish, Fried Plantains, Nigerian Moi Moi, Nigerian Salad or Coleslaw.
You can spice up this recipe by adding 2 well known vegetables to arrive at what we refer to as mixed vegetable jollof rice.
There you have it, the tasty Nigerian jollof rice.