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Foluke’s Jollof Rice

Foluke’s Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a staple at gatherings in Africa, with each region putting a different twist to the dish. This mouthwatering jollof is a family recipe from Foluke. See her and her family in our Tildalicious video, and recreate it at home!

Tildalicious Tip: If you are cooking for the whole family and don’t want the rice to be too hot, omit the scotch bonnet.

  • 91 - 120 Minutes
  • Medium
  • Serves 5

How to make Foluke's Jollof Rice




  • 500 grams Tilda Easy Cook Long grain rice
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1 tins of plum tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • ½ tbsp of curry powder
  • 1 tbsp of concentrated tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp of mixed herbs
  • Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of all purpose seasoning
  • 1 chicken knorr cube
  • 3 tbsp of sunflower oil

How to make Foluke’s Jollof Rice

  1. Finely chop the onion and scotch bonnet and place in a blender with the two tins of tomatoes and the concentrated tomato paste. Blend until smooth.

  2. Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the contents from the blender, the seasoning, herbs and then mix the with chicken stock. Simmer on a low heat for 60 minutes.

  3. Wash 500g of Tilda rice thoroughly until the water runs clear and add the rice into the jollof mixture. Simmer for another 25 minutes, always on a low heat.

  4. Season to taste.

  5. Serve as a side dish with oven-roasted marinated chicken and coleslaw.

What is jollof rice?

Jollof rice, also known as simply jollof, is a popular West African dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, peppers and a variety of spices. It is known for its vibrant red colour and rich delicious flavour.

Where is jollof rice from?

Jollof rice is believed to have originated in West Africa, with countries like Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal tracing its origin through their culinary heritage. Even today, it’s a staple dish in many West African countries as well as a popular choice around the world.

Is jollof rice healthy?

Jollof rice can be a healthy dish when prepared with nutritious ingredients such as vegetables and lean protein. However, the overall healthiness may vary depending on the specific recipe and cooking methods used. It’s important to moderate the use of oil, salt, and high-calorie additions for a healthier version.

What to serve with jollof rice?

Jollof rice is often served with a variety of side dishes such as grilled or fried chicken, beef, fish, plantains, coleslaw, salads, or steamed vegetables.

What spices to use for jollof rice?

Common spices used in jollof rice include onion, garlic, ginger, thyme, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, paprika and curry powder. The spice blend can vary based on regional variations and personal preference.

What type of rice is used for jollof?

The type of rice used depends on the version and country of origin. For example, parboiled long-grain rice is commonly used for jollof rice in Nigeria as the rice grains are firm and separate when cooked, making it ideal for this dish. However, some variations like from Ghana may use other types of rice like basmati rice or local rice varieties.

Is jollof rice spicy?

Jollof rice can have varying levels of spiciness depending on the recipe and personal preference. It is often seasoned with spices and scotch bonnet peppers and can be mild to moderately spicy, but the spiciness can be adjusted to suit individual tastes.

Can you cook jollof rice in a rice cooker?

Yes, jollof rice can be cooked in a rice cooker. Simply follow the instructions of your rice cooker for cooking rice and adjust the quantities of ingredients accordingly.

Can you freeze jollof rice?

Yes, jollof rice can be frozen. Allow it to cool completely before storing it in airtight containers or freezer bags. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating it thoroughly before consuming.

How long can you keep jollof rice in the fridge?

Properly stored in a sealed container, jollof rice can be kept in the fridge for up 2 days. Make sure to refrigerate it promptly after cooking and cooling to maintain its freshness.

How to fix salty jollof rice?

To fix salty jollof rice, you can try adding a little more cooked rice to dilute the saltiness. Alternatively, you can add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a small amount of sugar, or some unsalted broth to balance the flavours. Adjust the seasonings gradually and taste as you go to avoid salty jollof rice and to achieve your perfect jollof rice.

How to fix soggy jollof rice?

To fix soggy jollof rice, you can spread it out on a baking tray and place it in the oven on low heat to allow the excess moisture to evaporate. Alternatively, you can reheat it in a pan on low heat, stirring gently to help separate the grains and remove excess moisture.

Is jollof rice gluten-free?

Jollof rice can be gluten-free when prepared with gluten-free ingredients and seasonings. However, it’s important to check the specific ingredients used, such as stock cubes or seasonings, to ensure they are gluten-free.