My Global Food Challenge


Jollof Rice (Niger)

Yields: 6 Servings


4 cups uncooked rice
1 medium onion chopped
1 small onion sliced
5 ripe tomatoes chopped
3 ripe tomatoes sliced
3 large red bell peppers chopped
1 small chili pepper or 1 teaspoon ground chili
2 to 3 cups chicken stock
salt, thyme and curry powder to taste
2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1 cup dried shrimp (optional)


Combine the 5 chopped tomatoes, the bell peppers, chili pepper and medium onion and, working in batches, puree together in blender.  Set aside.

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil, add rice and enough chicken stock (about 2 cups) to cook rice.  Add salt to taste.  Cook on medium flame till rice is slightly softened, about 10 minutes.

While rice is cooking, pour tomato-pepper mixture into saucepan and add butter or vegetable oil, salt, curry powder and thyme to taste.  Then add 3 sliced tomatoes, small sliced onion and dried shrimp, if using, to sauce and cook about 6 to 10 minutes.

Pour sauce into rice, mix together and simmer until rice is fully cooked, about 10 minutes.  Rice should be dry and fluffy when done.

Link to My Post on Niger:

Cuisine :   Nigerien

Main Ingredient :   Rice

Niger on map of Africa

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