How To Make Jollof Rice

Bayo Ajibola

How to make Jollof rice. One of the popular Nigerian food recipe discussed here is the Nigerian Jollof Rice prepared at parties. This is one most popular Nigerian rice recipe. This is why you will always see it in most Nigerian parties. It is quite easy to prepare if you follow the simple steps.


2 cigar cups | 500g (1.1 lbs) long grain white rice

Tomato Stew 500 mls

Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chickenbreast)

Pepper and salt (to taste)

2 medium onions

Seasoning – 3 Maggi/Knorr cubes & Thyme (2 teaspoon)



Oven for grilling the chicken

Deep Pot



Chopping board



HOW TO COOK NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE. Before you cook Jollof Rice

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.

If you will use whole chicken then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the seasoning and 2 bulbs of onions (chopped). Thecooking 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.

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

Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.

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.

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 plantain, Moi Moi, Nigerian salad or coleslaw.

You can spice up this recipe by adding 2 well known vegetables to arrive at what we refer to as Mixed Vegetables Jollof Rice.

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