We took a trip to happiest place in the entire world,as it is called,”The Disney world”.It was my 4th visit personally and i love every bit of it every time.We visited Animal Kingdom.We had the lunch reservation with Mickey Mouse buds at ‘Tusker House’,set up in African village.
We quickly made our way to lunch after photo op with Donald.We were treated with array of African,Indian, Malaysian,Middle Eastern,American cuisine for buffet.I was in heaven.Food was D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S…My mouth is watering thinking about the Malaysian Chicken curry i had.This is where i tasted,Jollof rice along with fried plantains.I made a mental note to make this African rice staple as i scooped the second serving in my plate.
We are learning the geography of the world as we eat.Ghana, Liberia,Nigeria precisely.No,I take it back.That is an exaggeration.We talked about the countries the Jollof rice is popular in and where they are on the map.At least ‘I’ know where these countries are in Africa and my kids learnt the continent,they don’t comprehend it yet.I will keep trying.
We also said prayers for the people of Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria that their life will be transformed from the power of Gospel.I believe,our prayers and thoughts can travel and be missionary in our behalf from our kitchen.With this,we started prayer tradition for the culture and countries as we go along.
Though i didn’t had the privilege to get the recipe from chef at Tusker House for Jollof rice.I vividly remember its long grain and orange color.So i started looking around the Internet.This is what i commonly noticed across the recipe
- Orange color of the rice comes from Tomato paste and red bell pepper.MUST have ingredient.
- Use of curry powder and Bouillion cube is very common in African cuisine.
- I didn’t had red bell pepper.So I got creative with what i had,orange cubed papaya and chopped carrot .It not only adds color to the dish,it also adds hint of sweetness and mellows the rice.
- I always make this rice for two meals.It is well liked by our kids and my husband.