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This is the recipe for Nigerian Jollof Rice, the single most famous meal of Nigerians. There are different methods, and this is just one.

The Nigerian jollof rice recipe discussed here is the classic Nigerian Jollof Rice prepared at parties. This is the most famous Nigerian jollof rice recipe. This is why you will always see it in parties. It is quite straightforward to make if you follow these simple steps.

The following are other variations of Jollof Rice:

Coconut Rice

Mixed Vegetable Jollof Rice

Rice and Beans


  • Three cigar cups | 750g long grain parboiled rice

  • Tomato Stew 500 ml

  • Chicken (whole chicken, drumsticks or chicken breast)

  • Pepper and salt (to taste)

  • Two medium onions

  • 3 Knorr cubes

  • Two teaspoons thyme

Before you cook Jollof Rice

  1. Make the tomato stew.  It is desirable to prepare the tomato stew beforehand and store in the freezer. This is so that when you want to cook any rice related dish, it is only a matter of adding it to your dish.

  2. If you will use a whole chicken, then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Knorr cubes and two bulbs of onions (chopped). The cooking period depends on the type of chicken. The chicken or cockerel cooks much faster than a hen, but the hen is delicious. When done, cook it in an oven. You can also fry it. This is to supply it with a golden look which is more attractive particularly if you have guests for a banquet.

  3. Parboil the rice utilizing a pot and some water.  Rinse the parboiled rice and set in a sieve to drain.

Cooking Directions

  1. Drain the chicken stock and the tomato stew in a sizeable pot and allow to boil.

  2. Add in the drained parboiled rice, salt and pepper to taste. The water level has to be the same level of the rice. This is to make sure that all the water drains up by the time the rice is prepared.

  3. Cover the pot and allow to boil on low to average heat. This ensures that the rice doesn't burn before the water drains up.

If you simmered the rice as described for the parboiling, the rice should be done by the time the water has dried. 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 either Fried Plantain, Nigerian Moi Moi, Nigerian Salad or Coleslaw.

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

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