Time to cook some jollof rice. Nigerian food is home to some of the tastiest savoury flavors in the world. I mean think about it, we have pepper soup, pounded yams and of course the infamous jollof rice. So, fun fact (if you didn’t already know), I love food 😁😁 and not just any type of food but GOOD food, which pretty much means that as a Nigerian, I am sometimes spoilt for choice.
Now, as delicious as Nigerian food is, we don’t always think about our waistlines when we cook and guys, as I am not very big on exercise 😅 I always try to find different ways I can recreate the foods I love by mixing up the ingredients to see what I end up with.
In this post, I want to show you how I cook one of my favorite dishes, jollof rice, using no oil (unless you count the 1 calorie spray oil 😁) without losing any of the flavor.
Nigerian party jollof rice Ingredients
- 1 red medium size bell pepper
- 1 small / medium sized scotch bonnet
- ½ medium sized onion
- 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato puree
- 2 Knorr / Maggie cubes
- 1 teaspoon of curry
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon of thyme
- Salt – to taste (if you need it)
- 2 heaped tablespoons of chick stock powder and 250 litres of water (ALTERNATIVELY you can add 250 litres of already cooked chicken/meat stock)
- 2 cups of long grain rice (just wash it, DO NOT PARBOIL)
- Blend the red pepper, onion and scotch bonnet (add a little bit of water to make sure it blends well)
- Turn your pot on high heat (for 2 minutes) and spray 3/5 sprays of the 1 calorie oil sprays into the pot
- Add the blended items from step 1 into the pot
- Add the washed rice (not parboiled)
- Add the garlic, ginger, thyme, curry and tomato puree and stir
- Add your Knorr or Maggie cubes and stir in well
- Add your chicken stock powder and 250 litres of water (alternatively you can add 250 litres of chicken or meat stock you previously cooked)
- Then cook the rice 10 /15 minutes on medium heat
- Check on the rice and see if you need to add water. If you do, only add a little at a time. Always check to see if the rice looks dry before adding more water. If the rice looks wet/soggy, that means there is still water (even though you can’t see it) and you should continue to cook it until it has dried up. Also, check the rice to see if it is still hard, if it is, then add more water but only a little at a time.
- After you have added a little more water, cook or another 15/20 minutes on medium heat. If you have added more water, you will need to leave it to cook for a little longer but make sure you keep checking it.
- Don’t be afraid to let the rice burn a little at the bottom of the pot. So don’t think you have to keep adding water to stop it from burning, because you will end up with soggy jollof rice.
- Your rice should now be done and all you need to do is plate it up.
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