Smoked Jollof Rice(Lazy Chef Christmas)
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Serves: 9
  • 31/2 cups of long grain rice(washed and drained)
  • 3-4 very red bell peppers(tatase)
  • 4 habanero peppers or small jalapenos
  • 2 medium sized plum tomatoes
  • 3tbsps tomato paste
  • ½ cup coconut oil(any cooking oil works)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1½ medium onions
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • meat stock or water
  • Bouillon
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1tsp thyme
  • 1tsp curry
  • 1tsp black pepper(optional)
  • 1tsp white pepper(optional)
  • 4 sprigs of uda
  • salt to taste
for garnishing
  • ¼ tsp nut meg(grated)
  • half of a small onion(sliced)
  • 2 small plum tomatoes(sliced)
  • I inch ginger(grated)
  • ½ tbsp. butter
  1. Using a knife, cut the whole onion(reserving the half sized one), the bell peppers, habanero peppers, garlic and tomatoes. Roast in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes
  2. After roasting, blend the mix and set aside
  3. Heat up one tbsp. of butter along with the oil and slice in the remaining half of the onion. Sauté until almost translucent; then add the thyme, bay leaf, curry, white pepper, uda sprigs and black pepper. Stir for a few minutes to release the flavors in the herbs; then pour in the tomato mix along with the tomato paste. Stir fry until the oil has floated to the top and the mix has darkened(but not burnt). At this point the oil content may seem too much, so you will have to decant some which you can use to make some Nigerian stew later. Pour in the rice and stir it into the sauce making sure to coat each grain with the sauce. Pour in the meat stock to a little above the rice and check for seasonings. Add the bouillon and salt if needed and as needed; do not stir. Bring to a slight boil; then cover with a steam bag or foil sheet; then tightly place the lid of the pot over it and let it cook on medium heat. Once the liquid has dried out, check the rice for doneness. Stir in the nut meg, the half tbsp.of butter,onion, tomato and ginger.
  4. You may add more water or stock if you want it softer, or simply turn off the heat and leave the bag or foil over it with the lid tightly on to steam cook and soften
Recipe by Nigerian Lazy Chef at