Local Jollof Rice
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups of medium to long grain rice(washed in warm water and drained)
  • 4 tbsps of palm oil(You may use vegetable oil if you prefer)
  • 2 Plum tomatoes(cut into little pieces)(optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper(optional)
  • 1-2 crushed Habanero peppers or Ata-rodo
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1tbsp dry grinded pepper or red chili flakes
  • 2 tbsps of dry grinded crayfish
  • ¼ cup whole dry prawns
  • 1 large dry fish or 6 small ones
  • ½ cup of chopped Basil or Scent leaves
  • Bouillon
  • 2 cups hot meat stock or water
  • Salt to taste
  1. wash rice in luke warm water and drain
  2. Puree the bell pepper, habanero peppers and half of the onion and pour through a fine mesh sieve to drain out the excess water
  3. Slice the tomatoes into thin slices
  4. soak the fish and prawns in warm water to soften then drain and set aside
  1. In a cooking pot or skillet, melt the oil(do not bleach), slice and pour in the remaining onion and sauté until translucent. Add the tomatoes and blended crayfish. Sauté until the tomatoes have reduced; then add the pepper blend and fry for another 5minutes; while stirring constantly.
  2. Add half of the dry fish and prawns. Add the bouillon or salt along with the rice and stir; making sure the oil coats each grain of rice. Pour in the meat stock or water just to the level of the rice or a little above. Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat. Cover the pot with a foil wrapper and a tight lid. Cook the rice for about 15minutes on low heat. Check for seasonings and add the dry pepper, basil or scent leaves, the remaining dry fish and Prawns. If the rice is still hard, do not stir. Cover the pot and turn of the heat. Leave for about 10minutes untouched. The remaining heat in the pot will steam the rice until aldente. Stir the rice and serve
If using meat stock, make sure you do not over season with any other seasonings. You may also add a tbsp. of Ogiri Okpei or Iru. I usually don't as; in my opinion, it is too strong a taste for this dish
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at https://www.nigerianlazychef.com/2015/06/local-jollof-rice/