Afia Amoako is originally from Ghana and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She runs the amazing blog The Canadian African. You can find her on Instagram here.
Jollof is a very popular West African rice dish, mainly popularized by Ghanaians and Nigerians who are still in a friendly war over who has the best jollof. No special function in both countries is ever complete without this signature dish.
As a Ghanaian, I grew up loving this food and always knew when my mum made it as the sweet aroma of the sauce filled our house every time; I always helped myself with multiple servings because it was that good. It is one of my favourite things to eat till this day and I am very happy to share this recipe with you.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups of tomato stew (for recipe click here)
- 1 cup of water
- 2.5 cups of dry rice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
- Rinse the rice carefully.
- In a pot, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
- Put the pot at medium low and let it cook.
- Make sure to keep an eye on the rice, stirring the mixture every five to 10 minutes.
- When the water puddle disappears, cover the mixture with a paper towel.
- Make sure to stir it every 5-10 minutes so that it does not burn.
- Keep repeating step 6 till the rice is fully cooked.
- Serve with some plantains and greens and you are good to go!