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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Grains, missions | 4 comments

Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice

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.

the map

The map

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.

Jollof rice with Plaintain fries

Jollof rice with Plaintain fries

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.


Jollof Rice

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8


  1. 2 cups long grained rice
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1 Tablespoon Curry powder
  4. 1-1/2 Tablespoon Oil
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Orange mixture
  7. 1 medium onion rough cut
  8. 1/4 cup carrot
  9. 1/2 cup cubed Papaya
  10. 1/2(14 Oz) can of Tomatos
  11. 2 cloves of Garlic
  12. Plantain Fries
  13. 1 plantain raw
  14. 1/4 Teaspoon Paprika
  15. 1 Tablespoon Oil
  16. salt to taste


  1. Blend all the orange mixture ingredients.
  2. Rinse the rice,before adding to the mixture.
  3. In a pan,add oil.Once hot,add the orange mixture to it.Add curry powder.
  4. Stir it and let it cook at medium heat,until rawness of the mixture is gone and it is thicken.
  5. Add the rinsed rice to it.Add salt per taste.
  6. Add the water.
  7. Cook it for 17-20 mins.
  8. Enjoy it with plantain fries.
  9. Plantain Fries
  10. Microwave/Boil/Bake the plantain until it is cooked.Green skin will turn black.
  11. Take it out and poke it with knife to see if it is cooked.
  12. If it is cooked,slice it in half and then slice each half in narrow strips like fries.
  13. You can cut it in small discs too,if you like.
  14. In a pan,add oil,add disc/strips of plantain to it.
  15. Add paprika and salt to it.
  16. Crisp it at medium heat for 4-5 mins.
  17. Enjoy it when it is hot.It will get tough as it sits and cools.Great alternative to potato fries.



  1. loved this post Nive! And your food photog is getting so good!!!!!

  2. goes in my ‘ to cook’ list for sure..any easy rice creation is a MUST for my lazy evening meals..but aint sure abt that papaya addition ..will rather use the red bell pepper 🙂

  3. I was not too sure about ‘Papaya’/just ‘carrot’ either but it adds just a touch of sweetness to the rice.I tasted it to see if i need to balance the sweetness by adding more curry powder,salt,i didn’t need to.However,red bell pepper is what is used authentically,so you are good.

  4. I cooked it was so yummy..we all liked eating it facing pond at our park..

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