How to Cook Jollof Rice

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In Africa, most people from Ghana, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo and Nigeria are very familiar with the popular dish jollof rice. Jollof rice was actually invented by the Wollof who live in Senegal hence Jollof rice is something the Senegalese started cooking and eating before Ghana and Nigeria started cooking the dish in West Africa.


  • Get a nice utensil for cooking stews and soup if you want to cook jollof rice. Pour your oil inside the utensil. Make sure you cut your onions and tomatoes, pepper and add them to the frying oil. Stir nicely. Add tomato paste quickly and stir the concoction for minutes. Add about 11 grams of bouillon and stir the mixture. You can add ginger if you want. Stir mixture for about 10 to 15 minutes and add about 5 to 6 cups of water to the concoction. Let it simmer a bit. Stir and cover the utensil for 8 to 10 minutes while the concoction boils.
  • Add about 3 to 4 cups of rice to the mixture. Make sure that the rice will cook well with the mixture you have. It’s better to cook jollof rice if you already know how to cook plain rice. Consequently add the vegetables (carrots) you may have. Cut and drop your garlic in the food at this stage. Lower the heat, cover the utensil and wait for the jollof rice to cook. Add corned beef to the food three to five minutes before it is fully cooked.
  • You should make sure the jollof rice is cooked well. If it is not cooked well, you’ll have a hard texture when you bite through the jollof rice. Make sure it doesn’t feel hard when you feel the rice with your fingers. Make sure the food is cooked for about 60 to 180 minutes or even longer. African foods tend to take a while before they are done. When I first tasted jollof rice I never stopped from there because of the nice taste it produced.
  • Jollof rice can be eaten with salads just as how the English would want some salad with some of their foods. Most Ghanaians eat jollof rice with fried chicken and smoked fishes or eggs.
  • Take note that there are different versions of this popular dish hence different countries cook it differently.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Utensil
  • cooking oil
  • 170g tomato paste
  • onion
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • spices (bouillon)
  • 3-4 cups of rice
  • corned beef
  • ginger
  • water for cooking rice


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