Basmati Jollof Rice
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Serves: 6
  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 2-3pieces of very red bell or pointy peppers(tatase)
  • 3 habanero peppers
  • 3 medium sized plum tomatoes
  • 3tbsps tomato paste
  • ½ cup cooking oil(coconut oil works)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1½ medium onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 12cloves
  • meat stock or water
  • Bouillon
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 1tsp curry
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp white pepper
  • salt to taste
*For garnishing
  • Plum tomatoes (sliced)
  • onion sliced
  • Ginger ½ inch
  • Nutmeg ¼ tsp
  1. Bring some water to a boil. Pour it over the rice and stir to let the water touch each grain of rice; then drain.
  2. *Blend the peppers, tomatoes, 1onion and garlic. Pour the puree into a pot and steam until the water has dried up and you are left with a thick paste.
  3. *Heat the oil and butter then slice in the remaining half of the onion, sauté until translucent. Add the bay leaves, thyme, cloves and curry. Stir to release it’s flavor. Pour in the tomato paste and the boiled fresh tomatoes and peppers. Stir and fry until the mix looks a little dark and the oil has floated to the top. (the oil may seem a little much, please decant some of it to prevent a greasy rice). Pour in the drained rice and stir until each grain is coated with the fried tomato sauce. Pour in the meat stock to the same level as the rice and check for seasonings. Bring the pot to a boil. Cover with a grocery bag or foil wrapper and cover tightly; then reduce the heat and steam for about 10-15 minutes or until the water has dried out. Turn off the heat, stir in the garnishes and check for doneness. If the rice still has a little bite to it, (do not add water) cover with the bag and tight lid, so the heat in the pot will steam the rice.
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at