Legendary Food

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Hi loves! I hope you all had an amazingly relaxing Mashujaa Day like I did! Holidays are the best thing that ever happened to adults, don’t you think? 😃

Due to popular demand, I am sharing my legendary Jollof Rice Recipe on this post. If you follow me on Snapchat (@kogi_love), you can attest to the fact that at some point, Jollof posts had become quite frequent. I don’t particularly like plain rice as such so I always opt for other options to prepare my rice like by making fried rice or using turmeric. Then of course, there is the Jollof option which is my regular go-to. This is basically a West African recipe of preparing rice in plenty of tomato sauce and some beef/chicken stock. West Africans do not mess around with their food, which is an important part of their culture. Try out this recipe and if you are too lazy to prepare your own, you can try out Mama Ashanti Restaurant, they have amazing West African dishes.

Ingredients

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2 Large Onions

1 Large Bell Pepper

4 Ripe Tomatoes

75g Tomato Paste

1/2 Ground Garlic (or less)

1 Knorr Cube

1 Tsp Curry Powder

1 Cup Beef/Chicken Stock

2 Cups of Rice

Vegetable/Olive Oil

Salt to Taste

Method

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Chop the onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.

Grab your tomatoes and blend. You can also add some chilli or scotch bonnet at this point.

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Heat your pot with some oil, add your onions and saute lightly. Put in your garlic followed by the tomato paste and bell pepper and cook on medium to low heat to avoid burning the ingredients.

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Add your curry powder and knorr cube and let them cook for 3-5 minutes.

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Pour in your blended tomato mixture and leave to cook for 15 minutes.

While this is cooking, wash your rice and set aside. Pop on the kettle and once the 15 minutes are up, add the rice and stir.

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The trick with Jollof is to put the amount of liquid equivalent to the amount of rice. I therefore put 1 cup of beef/chicken stock and 1 cup of hot water for the 2 cups of rice. Because of the tomato puree, more liquid will be too much for preparing the rice.

Add salt and leave to cook for 20-25 minutes on medium heat and voila! Don’t let the name fool you, Jollof is pretty simple to prepare. You can serve with beef stew or grilled chicken with a side of some salad and/or plantain.

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