Jollof Rice is the most popular rice recipe in Nigeria. It is also a big party favorite served at almost every wedding, birthday, housewarming, corporate event etc. Served extra spicy, this dish is certainly one to be remembered.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

-1/3 cup pure oil (groundnut, soybean,vegetable)
-1 large onion (sliced)
-2 small cans/sachets of tomato paste
-2 seasoning cubes
-1 teaspoon each (Thyme, curry, nutmeg )
-2 teaspoons black pepper
-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
-6 bay leaves
-1 can of sweet corn (optional)
-1 can of green peas (optional)
-2.5 cups rice (preferably Basmati)


1. Place a pot with a tight fitting lead on medium heat, add in the oil. Heat up the oil, add in a inch of salt, then chopped onions. Fry for 1 min.

2. Add in the tomato paste, fry the onion and paste for 3mins.

3. Pour in 2.5 cups of water, then add rice.

4. Add in the seasoning cubes, thyme, curry, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.

5. Cover the pot with the foil and then the lid. (It’s extremely important that the pot is well covered as we are trying to infuse each grain of rice)

6. Leave to cook (on Minimum heat) for 30 mins.

7. Add in sweet corn and peas. Cook for 5 mins.

8. Remove the pot from heat, the Combine ingredients. (Be careful not to combine when the pot is still in the fire to prevent burning.)

*If the texture of rice isn’t to your liking at this point, simply cover the pot tightly for another 6mins (there is no need to return the pot back to the heat, the retained heat is enough to continue to cook the rice). Otherwise the rice is ready to serve.

Not a fan of spicy food, you can reduce the quantity of ingredients according to preference.


Remove the bay leaves and Serve jollof rice with chicken, beef, fish, plantains, moimoi, eggs, salad etc. The list is endless.

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