Ghanaian Jollof Rice

I recently invited a couple friends over for dinner and I asked them to bring a dish that celebrates their culture. While being black and celebrating our black heritage is a daily experience, I thought it would nice to share recipes from other parts of the world that have a significant impact on black history and culture. My good friend Amah Dokyi of Nana Hemma Art and Design came over and walked me through how to make her family’s Ghanaian Jollof Rice and I must say while the process seems a little intimidating in the being, its’ not.

What is Jollof rice?

Jollof Rice is one of the most common one pot dishes in West Africa. It traditionally consists of jasmine or basmati rice, cooking oil, tomato, onion, curry powder, red pepper, garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet. The spices used to enhance the flavors are salt, ground pepper seasoning such as cayenne and other herby spices like nutmeg and dried thyme are used. Jollof can be enjoyed as is but many people will compliment the dish with chicken, beef, fish, or even a salad.

What to make with Jollof rice?

Brown stew salmon

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Honey Lime Chili Chicken

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How to make Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Making the Sauce

Step 1

Dice the onions, shred the garlic, shred the ginger, and slice tomatoes then set aside.

Step 2

Add the oil to a large pot over low to medium heat and add the sliced onions to the pot and cook until transparent, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger and curry powder and stir for another 3 minutes.

Step 3

Add in the sliced tomatoes and cook until soft for about 5-10 minutes, continuously stirring while cooking. Pour in the tomato sauce, whole hot pepper, ground chile pepper, and salt. Continue to stir until blended and cook on low to medium heat for about 2 hours until the oil separates from the sauce. The sauce may take less than 2 hours so be sure to keep any eye on it. Be sure to not break pepper while cooking. Try to not let the sauce come to a boil, just a simmer. Be sure to keep watch and occasionally stir to prevent the sauce from burning. Once the oil separates from the sauce, do not remove the oil.

Adding in the rice

Step 4

In a separate large pot add 2 cups of the cooked sauce (reserve the rest), broth, water and bring it to a boil.

Step 5

Stir in the rice until well mixed, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the rice cook for 15-20 minutes or more if needed. While the rice is cooking check on it and stir if needed. If the rice is dry add more stock or water. You can also add more sauce if needed.

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Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Authentic Ghanaian Jollof Rice

  • Author: Jaylynn Little
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x
  • Category: Dinner

Ingredients

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  • 1 large onion white, diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 2 tsp curry powder (Jamaican style)
  • 1 can of 29 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 hot pepper (Habanero or scotch bonnet)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp ground chile pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of chicken stock
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati orJasmine rice, rinsed

Instructions

Making the Sauce

  1. Dice the onions, shred the garlic, shred the ginger, and slice tomatoes then set aside.
  2. Add the oil to a large pot over low to medium heat and add the sliced onions to the pot and cook until transparent, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger and curry powder and stir for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the sliced tomatoes and cook until soft for about 5-10 minutes, continuously stirring while cooking. Pour in the tomato sauce, whole hot pepper, ground chile pepper, and salt. Continue to stir until blended and cook on low to medium heat for about 2 hours until oil separates from the sauce. The sauce might take less than 2 hours. Be sure to not break pepper while cooking. Try to not let the sauce come to a boil, just a simmer. Be sure to keep watch and stir occasionally stir to prevent the sauce from burning. Once the oil separates from the sauce, do not remove the oil.

Adding in the rice

  1. In a separate large pot add 2 cups of the cooked sauce (reserve the rest), broth, water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Stir in the rice until well mixed, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let the rice cook for 15-20 minutes or more if needed. While the rice is cooking check on it and stir if needed. If the rice is dry add more stock or water. You can also add more sauce if needed.

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