Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog! I am continuing with another blog post for today and this was specially requested by a dear friend. As an African especially being from Nigeria, Jollof rice is a staple dish. Its our go to food for celebrations, you can always find Jollof rice on the menu at weddings, birthdays, etc. It is my favorite Nigerian meal, add a few pieces of Stewed Chicken, some Fried Plaintain and I am in food haven :)
I try to make it every Sunday for my family. My kids especially, can't get enough of it. I switched to making mine with Basmati rice because its healthier than using White rice. It taste just as good and you don't get that heavy feeling as with White rice. Here is my super easy recipe, try it out and let me know what you think. This whole process takes me about 1 hour.
Basmati Rice ( 8 cups)
2 bell peppers
1/2 red onion
6 scotch bonnet(I love mine a bit spicy)
One canned tomatoe puree
Choice of seasoning (Black Pepper, Salt, Knorr cubes, Curry)
Place your rice in a rice cooker, add water until it covers the rice and a little more. This is the most critical part, if you add too much water your rice becomes mushy. I also add 4 tablespoons of olive oil because Basmati rice tends to get dry. Plug in your rice cooker and allow to cook. You can do this by heating on the stove too.
Blend all the fresh ingredients together.
Place an empty pot on the stove and add your oil and allow to heat up. Add your blended pepper mix to the hot oil. Add your choice of seasoning and allow to cook for 25 minutes.
Reduce the heat on the cooked sauce and add your canned tomatoe puree, more seasoning and 5 tablespoons of olive oil, stir this mix until completely blended for about 10 minutes. This is where you do the taste test too, maybe more salt or water if its salty.
Add your cooked rice into your sauce and stir it completely, covering every grain with the sauce. Cover your rice and steam for 10-15 minutes. Viola, you have made Basmati Jollof rice!