JOLLOF RICE is a national dish in Nigeria. It is cooked, eaten throughout the length and breath of the country. In days gone bye it used to be cooked and served during periods of festivities like Christmas, or at parties. Nowadays it has become an every day dish. This Jollof Rice is healthy as I am using Brown rice/Ofada rice as against the long grain rice. Olive oil as against the normal vegetable oil and organic tin tomatoes paste.
2 cups Ofada rice (Ofada rice is Nigerian brown rice)
1 small can organic tomatoes paste
5 medium size fresh tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
I big onion
Low calorie chicken broth (optional)
2 chicken bouillon
1 table spoon curry powder
1 tea spoon dry thyme
1 tea spoon black pepper
6 table spoon Olive oil
1/2 park sweet corn (optional)
1/2 park sweet green peas (optional)
1 table spoon salt to taste
Wash the fresh tomatoes, bell pepper and cut up half of the onion, clean and place all in a blender. Process until smooth.
Dice the other half onion
Pour 6 table spoon of olive oil into a 9 once cooking pot, place the pot on the burner set to medium heat. Allow to heat up for about a minute
Add salt, curry powder, thyme, black pepper and the diced 1/2 onion
Allow to cook for about 2 minutes stirring continuously until the onions is transparent
Pour in the processed fresh tomatoes, bell pepper and onion, and tomatoes paste
Add 1 cup of water or chicken broth. Allow stew or source to cook for about 45 minutes
Wash rice in water, drain and set aside. When the stew is sweet to taste, add the rice and more water/broth to cook. After 30 minutes add the sweet corn and peas. continue to stir to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot. After another 30 minutes taste the rice. if it is soft, then your Jollof Rice is ready.You can serve with salad of the day and baked salmon or baked chicken breast.
Remember to set cooker to medium heat throughout.
This dish serves six persons.
* White rice is a whole grain that has been polished to the level that its only the easily digestible starch that is left. Eating this white rice frequently and in large quantities can raise blood glucose significantly. If you love to eat rice switch to Brown rice or Ofada rice.