Nigerian jollof rice or Jollof is a classic Nigerian (West African) versatile side dish. Jollof is enjoyed in various forms.
The rice dish is enjoyed in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Liberia, Cameroon and Gambia.
Jollof is a prestigious food eaten both at regular meals in the home and during West African festivals. Like the Jollof West African Festival.
The rice is spiced and stewed in a flavorful tomato broth.
This easy rice side dish can easily become a one-pot meal by adding chicken.
You can also make it a vegetable rice entree. Just add some of the following cooked vegetables:
- Sweet potatoes
- Black-eyed beans
All the vegetables suggested are used regularly in African cooking.
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Instant Pot Nigerian Jollof Rice
2 medium Roma tomatoes roughly chopped
1 medium red bell pepper diced
1 yellow onion roughly chopped
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon cayenne powder
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 garlic cloves minced
2 cups rice, best to use Basmati or Jasmine
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
Set the Instant Pot to Sauté mode (Normal) and once warmed, add the butter and melt. When melted, add spices and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Next turn off ‘Sauté’ mode. Add and stir in rice, puréed vegetables, tomato paste, chicken broth and salt. Secure and lock the lid.
Select ‘Rice/Grain’ mode. Select ‘white rice,’ then select high, 20 minutes and keep warm 10 minutes. Push start.
When timer goes off after 20 minutes, let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Then quick release any remaining pressure.
Open the lid and stir through the rice mixture, adding any of the suggested vegetables above (optional).
Plate and serve rice with a protein. Such as West African Drumsticks.
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