How to Cook Nigerian Party Jollof Rice

Updated on January 13, 2020
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Eunice is a wife who practically lives in the kitchen. She has extensive knowledge of the Nigerian cuisine.

Nigerian jollof rice
Nigerian jollof rice

Most Popular Dish in Nigeria

Jollof rice is probably the most popular rice dish in Nigeria. It's rich, easy to prepare and doesn't cost much—unless, of course, you're cooking for a large party! I'm going to share a recipe I picked up from my mother. There are many different jollof rice recipes, but you should really try this one. It's a knockout.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 cups of jollof rice


For the rice:

  • 4 cups rice (long-grain, polished)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • Mixed vegetables, chopped
  • 2 cubes soy seasoning
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Dried crayfish, ground
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme

For the chicken stock:

  • 1/2 kilo chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cube soy seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme


  1. Begin by preparing the chicken stock: Wash the chicken pieces and put them in a pot.
  2. Add two tablespoons of salt, some pepper, curry powder, dried thyme, and chopped onions. Cover the pot and allow the meat to steam for about 2 minutes. Open the pot and pour in 1 cup of water. Allow it to boil for 2 extra minutes, then turn off the heat and pour out the chicken and stock into a bowl.
  3. Pour some oil into the pot over medium heat. Fry the chicken in the oil to get some sear on the chicken skin and also to flavor the oil.
  4. Take out the chicken pieces and throw in the chopped onions and single bay leaf. Fry for about 10 seconds. Add the tomato paste and leave for another 10 seconds. Add the mixed vegetables, curry powder, dried thyme. Stir-fry.
  5. Pour in the chicken broth. Add 1 cup of water and stir. Taste for salt. Add 2 tablespoons of seasoning, some salt (if needed), soy seasoning cubes, and ground crayfish.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil. Throw in the already parboiled rice and cover with a foil. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Jollof rice is ready. Enjoy!

Garnish Options

You can garnish this dish with chopped sausage, fried plantains and fried chicken.

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