Wanderer Wednesday #10: Recipe for Jollof Rice

In one of my prior posts, about FAQs I briefly touch on some of the food that is enjoyed in Ghana. Jollof rice is one of the popular dishes in Ghana that is equally enjoyed by westerners alike. This dish is also one of my favorites.

This red spiced rice looks something like Spanish rice but has a stronger flavor and is a bit Spicer. Most west African countries have a version of Jollof Rice so it may not be specifically Ghanaian. In Ghana it is usually eaten with fried plantains, a coleslaw type salad, shito or a tomato sauce, and a choice of meat. The meat is usually fish (tilapia), chicken (fried or broiled), or goat. You can enjoy this rice with pretty much any protein that you may choose to eat it with. Every person probably has a different way of making jollof rice but below we will give you a good recipe to get you started. Goes great with mushrooms, Chicken fried or grilled, beef or shrimp.

Here is a recipe for Jollof rice:

  • 2 cups of uncooked rice

  • 3 cups of water

  • 2 cans of tomato Puree

  • 6 table spoons of Olive oil

  • 1 Large Red onion

  • 2 small onions

  • 2 Chopped Habanero Peppers

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 2 cubes of chicken bouillon

  • 2 large carrots

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 3 cups of Green cabbage shredded

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Pinch of pepper

  • 1 tea spoon of cayenne pepper


Blend carrots, peppers, and 2 onions together in a food processor or blender and set aside in the fridge for later.

In a frying pan (or in a large pot) fry a sliced onion until soft and see through with the olive oil then add the tomato puree, continue cooking in pan for another 4-5 minutes.

Add the puree mixture along with the blended mixture from before to large pot and crumble the chicken bouillon cubes to it. Cook on medium until oil reaches the surface.

Add the rice and 2 cups water, stirring well; add another cup of water carrots and cabbage cook on low until most of the liquid has disappeared. Then cover and simmer on low until rice is soft. Serve with your protein and enjoy.

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