Soooo Africans really love rice–especially when it is given all the right spices.

Of course this a generalization, but it holds true for most. Go to any party, especially in West Africa, and  you will see aluminum trays of a certain interesting “orange” rice.

Jollof rice is a favorite in West Africa, especially Nigeria. We promise (when done right), it is one of the most flavorful dishes that you will ever taste. We are putting money on it, It’s all about the flavor people.

It goes perfectly with a variety of grilled meats. Try it.

Below are three video how tos and one recipes.

If you are a Jollof connoisseur, do you make yours differently? Let us know in the comments below

A little Starved Tip that is not included in this recipe, Add 3 dashes of Rosemary, 1/ and a bay leave to the Tomato stew


The following recipe is from



  • 2 cups | 500g (1.1 lbs) long grain white rice
  • Tomato Stew 500 mls
  • Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)
  • Pepper and salt (to taste)
  • 2 medium onions
  • Seasoning – 3 chicken stock cubes & Thyme (2 teaspoon)

Before you cook Jollof Rice

  1. Prepare the tomato stew. Visit the Tomato Stew page for details on how to do that. 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.
  2. If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the seasoning 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.
  3. Parboil the rice using the method detailed in parboiling rice for cooking jollof rice. Wash the parboiled rice and put in a sieve to drain.

Cooking Directions

  1. Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
  2. Add the drained parboiled rice, 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.
  3. 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 described at parboiling rice for cooking jollof rice, 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 fried plantainMoi MoiNigerian salad or coleslaw.

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How do you cook your jollof rice? Let us know in the comments below