Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice




25 min


50 min


Parboiled white rice 2 cups
Tomato Sauce 4 cups
Tomato Paste 1 tbsp
Onion 1 medium
Knorr bouillon seasoning 4 tsps
Salt 1 tbsp
Cajun seasoning 1 tbsp
Mixed vegetables (Carrots, peas, green beans) 1 cup
Chicken gizzard and heart (optional) 1 cup
Vegetable oil 1/2 cup
Water 2 cups

I believe Jollof rice is originally from somewhere in Senegal or Gambia. They’re more or less the same peoples to me, Senegal completely surrounds Gambia, except for the portion that is by the ocean. (My friend Barry is going to kill me for clumping them all together, Lol). Barry is originally from Gambia, and if he makes Jollof rice for you, you will stop arguing and accept that it’s from that region.

Jollof rice, also called Benachin, meaning “one pot” in the Wolof language is a popular dish in many parts of West Africa. It is thought to have originated amongst members of the Wolof ethnic group in the Senegambia region; the historic name for the Wolof people and their empire being JollofWikipedia

Below is my version. You might find it strange that I include chicken gizzard and heart in my recipe. You see, while I was in college with a limited budget, and I was perfecting my recipe, I was looking for some meat to add into the dish. I realized that Walmart sells them for under $2. Beware though! As rich as they are in iron, they contain a significant amount of cholesterol, so use with caution.

So, please feel free to add whatever pleases you to the base of tomato sauce. and rice, everything else is optional. This is why I found the outrage about Jamie Oliver’s recipe a bit funny. Anyway, here goes.

Prep Steps 🙁

  1. Prepare your tomato sauce. See this post on tomato sauce.
  2. Tomato Sauce

    Tomato Sauce!

  3. Dice the onion.

Cooking the base

  1. Heat the oil on medium heat and add the onions and the seasoning, except the knorr. I usually do this to flavor my oil.
  2. Sauteing Onions

    Sauteing Onions!

  3. Add in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, gizzard and heart(I didn’t use gizzard and heart in this illustration) or any other meat along with the knorr seasoning and let it cook. You will know when the tomato starts cooking because it will start to clump together.
  4. Note:Taste your stew. Your jollof rice is only as delicious as your stew is. It needs to be sweeter than normal to compensate for the rice you’re about to add, so if it’s a bit too ‘sweet’ now, it’s okay.

    Cooked Tomato Sauce

    Jollof Sauce!

  5. Something seemingly strange happens now…we add water to the stew we just cooked. This is so there’s enough moisture to cook the rice. Add in the mixed vegetables and rice now as well. Stir everything together once and then cover till the water is dry.
  6. Note: Do not open till the water is dry. I try to use a pot that has a glass cover so I can see. The steam cooks the rice. It is important to prevent steam from escaping till the rice is cooked

    Stew, water, mixed vegetables, rice

    Just before everything starts cooking!

  7. Once dry, and the rice is cooked, stir everything up, turn off the heat and open the cover and let it air out for a few minutes.
  8. Hint: Save some for the next day, Jollof rice tastes even better the next day.

    Jollof Rice

    Dig in!

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    Nikki 5 months ago

    Is the Knorr a bullion cube or power thanks for this recipe my cousin and her family make this for holidays and now I’m not close so I can make it myself.

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    Latisha 4 months ago

    How many will this serve?

    • It will serve about 4-6 full portions. Depends on how much the people you’re serving eat though. 😉

    • It should serve about 4-6 full portions, but depending on what portion sizes are, could vary.

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