NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE

HOW TO COOK NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE

The Nigerian jollof rice is a very popular food that is prepared and served at parties. It is quite easy to prepare if you follow the simple steps. You should try in a small quantity first.





Ingredients

·        3 cigar cup/750g long grain parboiled rice
·        Tomato stew 500mls
·        Chicken
·        Pepper and salt
·        Onions
·        3 known cubes
·        2 teaspoon thyme
·        2 teaspoon curry powder
Before you cook Jollof rice
1.     Prepare the tomato stew. It is advisable to prepare tomato stew before hand and keep in the freezer. This is so that whenever you want to cook any jollof rice related dish, it is just a matter of adding it to your cooking.
2.     If you will use whole chicken, then wash and cut it into pieces. Cook with the thyme, Known cubes and 2 bulbs of onions (chopped). The cooking time depends on the type of chicken. The rooster or cockerel cooks much faster than the hen but the hen is definitely tastier. When done, grill it in an oven. You may also fry it. This is to give it a golden look which is more presentable especially if you have guests for dinner.
3.     Parboil the rice. Rinse the parboiled rice and put a sieve to drain.

Cooking Directions
1.     Pour the chicken stock and the tomato stew into a sizeable pot and leave to boil.
2.     Add the drained parboiled rice, curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. The water level should be the same level of the rice. This is to ensure that all the water dries up by the time the rice is cooked.
3.     Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.
Taste to confirm. If the rice is not done before the water dries up, add more water and reduce the heat to prevent it from burning. Keep cooking till it’s done.
Serve with plantain and salad.

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