Jollof rice

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Jollof rice
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Jollof rice
Alternative names Benachin
Type Rice dish
Region or state Senegambia Confederation[1] Jolof Empire Jolof Kingdom
Main ingredients Rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions
Cookbook: Jollof rice  Media: Jollof rice
Fried Rice, Jollof Rice and Salad, served with Grilled Chicken

Jollof rice /ˈɒləf/, also called Benachin (Wolof: "one pot"), is a popular dish in many West African countries, especially Ghana and Nigeria.[2][3][1]

There are many variations of Jollof rice, but the most common basic ingredients include rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt, and hot red pepper. Beyond that, nearly any kind of meat, vegetable, or spice can be added. The origin of Jollof rice is traced to the Wolof people in the Senegambia Confederation.[1]


The dish consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt, spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, Scotch bonnet (pepper), and cumin) and chili peppers; optional ingredients can be added such as vegetables, meats, or fish.[4]

The cooking method for Jollof rice begins with using oil (palm or peanut oil) to fry finely-chopped onions, tomatoes and ground pepper (plus any other optional seasoning); adding stock; and then cooking the rice in this mixture so it takes up all the liquid. The rice takes on a characteristic orange color from the mixture. It can be served with cooked meat, such as chicken or fish, and vegetables separately on the plate or they can be stirred in at the end. Optional ingredients can include garlic, peas, thyme, tea-bush leaves, partminger (a herb from the basil family), and curry powder. It is also often served with fried plantain and salad.[5][1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "THE ORIGIN OF JOLLOF RICE". Vanguard. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Ellen Gibson (1971). A West African cook book. 
  3. ^ "Jollof Rice". Whats4Eats. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  4. ^ Ferruzza, Charles (October 1, 2013). "Esther's African Cuisine leaves the light on for you". The Pitch. Retrieved 2013-10-08. Meals are served with white rice or, for an upcharge, an extraordinary concoction of rice cooked with tomatoes, carrots, onions, peas and shredded chicken called Jealof rice. 'It's the Sunday dish in my country,' [Esther] Mulbah says. It's hearty and comforting, as a side or a full meal. 
  5. ^ "Jollof Rice". Whats4Eats. Retrieved 2009-09-18.