West African Jollof

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)


  1. Rinse the rice carefully.
  2. In a pot, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put the pot at medium low and let it cook.
  4. Make sure to keep an eye on the rice, stirring the mixture every five to 10 minutes.
  5. When the water puddle disappears, cover the mixture with a paper towel.
  6. Make sure to stir it every 5-10 minutes so that it does not burn.
  7. Keep repeating step 6 till the rice is fully cooked.
  8. Serve with some plantains and greens and you are good to go!