I prepared Jollof Rice for lunch. It’s a popular dish in many West African countries and varies from one country to another in terms of the spices used. However the core ingredients are: rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt and hot red pepper.
So, I got some of my ingredients and used both Paprika and black pepper because I love black pepper.
Ingredients include :
Tomatoes (you can grate them to avoid having the husks) and you’ll also use some tomato paste that’s processed.
1 Cup of Long Grain rice
Optional spices like Paprika, Nutmeg, Black pepper e.t.c
To prepare the rice:
First fry the chopped onions in cooking oil until they’re brown then add the tomatoes and thyme and salt. Stir for a while before adding the tomato paste.
Do not use too much tomato paste because it would give your food a kind of sour taste. To avoid this stir the paste as it thickens and reduce the heat and let it cook for ten to fifteen minutes.
It will look like the picture on the left while cooking. Once it’s ready you can remove some of it and let it cool, (as shown in the picture on the right) and you’ll use this later on.
The next step is to take the rice and add it to the paste while you stir it so the rice can blend in or mix evenly with the paste. Do this for five minutes keeping your heat low so it does not stick to the cooking pan.
After this you can add water while stirring to ensure the rice is soft and we’ll cooked.
Cover the pan and let the rice cook.
When it’s ready you can serve it with fried chicken, beef, mutton, fish or any other delicacy as you see fit.
You could also add some juice for that final taste.