"Oiless" Jollof Rice
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Serves: 6
  • 2 cups long grain rice(wash until clear and thoroughly drain)(you can use basmati rice. see note)
  • 4-6 plum tomatoes
  • 1-3 habanero peppers (ata rodo)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 2 very ripe red bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1tsp thyme leaves(a sprig of rosemary will do)
  • 3-4tsps smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup coconut milk(optional)
  • 2-3 cups water or meat stock
  • ½-1 tbsp. coconut oil or butter(optional)
  • bouillon
  • salt to taste
  1. wash and chop the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and ginger. Place in a baking sheet along with the garlic. Sprinkle on a little salt and place in a preheated oven at 400-425 degrees and roast for about 30-40 minutes; then blend into a puree(leaving a hand full aside).
  2. Thoroughly mix the rice with the paprika, curry, thyme, bay leaves, black and white pepper; then pour in the coconut milk if using and tomato puree. Pour in the meat stock and stir. Check for seasonings and bring to a boil. Cover with a foil wrapper or a clean grocery bag and reduce the heat. Cook for about 15minutes. Stir in the nut meg, the hand full of roasted tomatoes and the oil. If the rice still needs cooking simply turn off the heat and cover with the foil and the pot's lid and let the heat left in the pot steam the rice. If you want your rice a little softer, add water or meat stock and cook for another 5 minutes.
If you cannot roast your tomatoes and peppers, simply blend and boil the puree to remove the liquids(To boil, simply pour the puree into a pot and bring to a boil. Let it cook until all bubbles have disappeared and the puree has become a thick paste.
You could also cook the rice in the oven on 350 degrees if you wish.
If you're not using coconut milk; then make it up with some meat stock or water
If using basmati rice, pour boiling water into the rice. stir and drain; then add to the fried tomato puree
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at http://www.nigerianlazychef.com/2016/03/oiless-jollof-rice/