Jollof rice

Preparation info
  • Serves:


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

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Pimp My Rice: Over 100 inspirational rice recipes from around the world

By Nisha Katona

Published 2017

  • About

This is the ultimate West African party dish. It is made in huge pans, often with whole chickens. The colour is a festive red and the taste is sweet, savoury, punchy with the zing of the peppers, and yet has a quickening tang that makes the dish a meal in itself. It is all things to all party goers.


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion


Heat the oil and butter in a deep heavy-based saucepan. Add the onion, ginger, garlic and red pepper and fry over a medium heat until the onion begins to become brown and sweet.

Add the tomatoes, Scotch bonnet, tomato purée/paste, thyme, both the paprikas, the ground cumin, dried shrimp and sugar and season with salt to taste. Simmer this mixture over a medium-low heat for around 8 minu