Coconut Jollof Rice

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Author Notes: What's not to love about rice stewed in coconut milk and tomato sauce. This is to Nigeria what Turkey is to the rest of the world (at Thanksgiving and Christmas)! Each family has their own version, and no celebration - wedding, babay naming, complete without it! Kitchen Butterfly

Serves 6

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut/vegetable oil
  • 6 medium-sized fresh tomatoes/ a 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 3 medium sized onions (1sliced thinly, 2 blended)
  • ½ or less of fresh chili (yellow is my favourite!), to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 stock cube
  • 500g Basmati or long grain rice 6 teacups, rinsed and drained (I prefer Basmati; I don’t use easy cook rice)
  • 400ml water or stock (vegetable, chicken or meat)
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Optional - mixed herbs, curry powder and dried thyme
  1. In a blender, blend tomatoes, 2 onions and chili pepper; till smooth. This will take about 2 minutes, pulsing in a blender
  2. In a large pan, heat oil and add sliced onion; stir-fry for 1-2 minutes; add blended tomato mixture, tomato puree, curry, thyme and season with salt. Stir on medium heat for 10-12 minutes so the mix cooks and the raw taste of the tomatoes is gone.
  3. If using, add water/stock and coconut milk. Stir well, season to taste and add rice. Stir again. Cover pan and bring to the boil.
  4. When it comes up to the boil, add butter, stir again and turn down the heat – letting the rice steam for another 15-20 minutes, or till cooked (depending on how you like your rice). If rice is getting too dry, add some more stock or water, stir gently and leave to cook.
  5. When it’s cooked, take off heat and remove the cover of the pot. Put a tea cloth over the top and leave till ready to serve.
  6. Variations: For kids - omit the chili and add 2 large carrots (peeled and roughly grated) and 1-2 cups of cooked (lean) minced meat in step 2
  7. Garnish with slices of green peppers and cilantro (coriander) leaves. Serve with fried plantain (dodo)

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love this KB! It looks perfect for dinner. Saving to make it really soon!!


over 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I am a little obsessed with jollof rice - the idea of it. I can't wait to try this!!


over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Abbie, :-).

Interestingly, even though I grew up eating Jollof Rice weekly almost, I've discovered a myriad of ways to cook it and my obsession has began. I've recently explored a stir-fried version and my latest, is 'oven-baked' (rather easy, I must say)!

Happy to share tips and tricks. Stay well


about 5 years ago Effie

Thanks for this recipe. A good friend introduced me to Nigerian food. The flavors were delicious. I've wanted to prepare Nigerian dishes myself, but recipes aren't readily available. I'll try this tonight!!


over 2 years ago Nafissatou

Great recipe!..Thank you!...Joloff rice is actually Senegalese, not Nigerian.(Nigerian cuisine is delicious too!!) The Joloff is a region in Senegal. All Joloff rices recipes are derived from the traditional rice recipes from Senegal. You can check my blog about the delicious cuisine of Senegal.http://nafishotpeppercondiments...


over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Nafissatou ;-), well said on the origins but you must admit that Jollof rice is now essential to the cuisine of Nigeria and has been even before I was born. True, the Wolof of Senegal gifted this treasure to most of West Africa and we are happy to share in its goodness. Please post your recipe on food52! Cheers


over 2 years ago Nafissatou

Hi Kitchen Butterfly!..Nice to hear from you. It is just wonderful to see African food in general represented on this beautiful site!...Thank you for sharing!...