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smokey party Jollof rice recipe
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Smoky Jollof Rice

Fall in love with Nigerian cuisine by cooking this savory Jollof Rice that goes with anything and everything!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: african jollof rice, crod-pleasing jollof rice, delicious nigerian rice recipe, easy jollof rice, easy nigerian jollof rice, healthy jollof rice, homemade jollof rice, smoky jollof, smoky jollof rice
Servings: 8
Calories: 486kcal


for the pepper sauce

  • 5 tomatoes
  • 2 sweet peppers
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 onion (small-sized )
  • 2 scotch bonnets

for the jollof rice

  • 4 cups long grain rice
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cups assorted meat liquid stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • cup sunflower oil
  • 1 onion (small-sized)
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 3 bay leaves
  • sea salt


  • Make the sauce.
    Blend the tomatoes, sweet peppers, bell pepper, scotch bonnet, and onion until smooth. Set it aside.
  • Cook the sauce.
    Heat sunflower oil in a pot over medium heat. Saute the onion, mixed herbs, curry powder, turmeric, and stock cubes. Add tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes.
    Pour in the blended pepper sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Add bay leaves and assorted meat liquid. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes, depending on the quantity of the sauce. Season with salt if needed.
  • Prepare the rice.
    Rinse the grains with warm water and drain them twice or until the water is clear.
  • Cook the rice.
    Add the grains to the pot and coat it with the sauce. Reduce heat to low fire and cover the pot with aluminum foil or parchment paper to seal the steam.
    Cook it for 20 to 25 minutes. Stir the Jollof Rice to ensure that it is not burnt badly. Add hot water if needed and steam for five more minutes.



  • Use other herbs and spices of your choice for seasoning.
  • Make homemade tomato puree for a healthier ingredient.
  • For child-friendly Jollof rice, cook it with vegetables and with less seasoning. 


Serving: 1 (of 8) | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2146IU | Vitamin C: 75mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg