Jollof rice

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Jollof rice
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Jollof rice
Alternative names Benachin
Type Rice dish
Place of origin West Africa
Main ingredients Rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onions, salt, spices (such as nutmeg, ginger, Scotch bonnet (pepper), and cumin) and chili peppers
Cookbook:Jollof rice  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 parts of West Africa. It originated in Nigeria,[1][2] but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Ghana, Togo, Sierra Leone and Liberia.[3][4] There are many variations of Jollof rice. 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 dish consists of easy cook, basmati, or African 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, fish.[5]

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, African nutmeg, tea-bush leaves, partminger (a herb from the basil family), and curry powder.[citation needed]

It is often served with fried plantain and salad.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ James Rusk; Amy Rusk; Sara Rusk (30 July 2005). Astrological Gastronomy: Temperamental Cooking Explained. iUniverse. p. 116. ISBN 978-0-595-36153-3. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Cristine Mackie (21 April 1998). Life and Food in the Caribbean. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-56131-064-7. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Ellen Gibson (1971). A West African cook book. 
  4. ^ "Jollof Rice". Whats4Eats. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  5. ^ 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.