Written By Damilola Faustino
The Jollof Rice war has been rested because Nigeria is the ultimate winner of the Jollof wars. This was confirmed in the US Jollof Hackathon which was won by Ms Atinuke Ogunsalu, of Queensway Restaurant and Catering, Maryland. So, there is no argument that this is the most popular Nigerian cuisine. Although it is quite easy to prepare, we want to share with you the proper way to prepare this controversial delicacy that has put Nigerians and Ghanaians at loggerheads.
Cups of rice
Chicken (chicken, beef or meat)
1 cup of crayfish (optional)
Ground Fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions
Spices (Curry, Thyme, and Nutmeg)
Salt and seasoning to taste
Parboil the chicken (or any meat/beef of your choice) with the spice. Add water so that more than half of the entire chicken (or meat of choice) is submerged, then add sliced onions, seasoning and salt and maybe a little of curry, thyme and (or) spice of choice. Put aside the chicken water to prepare the main food.
Boil the rice and allow to cook for three to four minutes. Then pour out and wash with clean water then set aside in a bowl or plastic sieve.
Place another pot on the fire, add the groundnut oil. Add sliced onions to the hot oil and then the ground tomatoes/pepper after about a minute. This is the trick that reduces burning at the bottom.
Divide the tomatoes into two halves and start cooking with one of the halves in the pot. Add the Chicken or meat water, then about 1 or 2 cups of water. add the ground crayfish (if you are using crayfish), and seasoning.
Spice to your taste with your desired flavors and spices, then add the rice, lower the heat and cover to cook. You can add the other half of the tomatoes after cooking for ten to fifteen minutes. You can also slice onions and spray at the top.
Then cook till the rice is soft for consumption. Remember that you can add water occasionally. Then you can drop the fried chicken or meat at the top and cover for five minutes.