Thursday 30 November 2023

Smoky Jollof Rice | Easy Delicious Recipe

Jollof rice, a staple in West African cuisine, is renowned for its vibrant, spicy flavour and rich aroma. This recipe adds a delightful twist by roasting the vegetables to infuse a deep, smoky flavour that elevates the dish to new heights. 

Perfect for any occasion, this smoky Jollof rice is not only easy to make but also incredibly delicious.


(Serves 6)

2 large red bell peppers

6 tomatoes 

2 red onions 

1 scotch bonnet chilli 

1/2 tbsp dried thyme 

1 tbsp hot curry powder 

2 bay leaves

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée 

Salt, to taste

3 cups Golden Sella Basmati rice

2 cups water 


1. Roughly chop the bell peppers, tomatoes, one of the red onions and scotch bonnet chilli. Place on a lined baking tray, drizzle 2 tablespoons of oil and bake in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes at 250 degrees Celsius. Once roasted, blend the vegetables until well pureed. 

2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot and sauté sliced red onion. Add the blended mixture, along with the seasoning (thyme, curry, bay leaves, stock cube, tomato puree and salt). Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. 

3. Add the rice and 2 cups of water. Stir well to combine all the ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat for 25-30 minutes until the rice is well cooked. Serve with any sides of your choice, such as fried plantain, salad etc.

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