Nigerian Jollof Rice

Jollof rice, also known as wolof ‘one pot’ is a rice dish popular in many West African countries. There have been several contests as to which of the West African countries can make the best Jollof rice recipe. In fact, both the Nigerian Jollof Rice and Ghananian Jollof rice have been severally debated as to who can best serve the dish.

The Jollof rice war between these countries has become topical issues even in events like the Jollof Festival in Washington DC, where famous critics from all over the world taste and examine the differences in the Jollof rice recipes.


Jollof rice recipe differs from region to region. Its origin can be traced to the Senegambian region that was ruled by the Jollof Empire. According to James C. McCann, a food and agricultural historian, who propounded the theory that the Jollof rice dish spread with the Mali Empire,it is believed that the Jollof rice recipe was dispersed widely to the regional commercial and urban centers by the Malians.
So as much as the main contest is between the Nigerian Jollof rice and Ghanian jollof rice, Wolof is not limited to these countries.

The Nigerian Jollof Rice
From the most Economical “concoction rice” to the basic rich recipes served on special occasions such as birthdays, weddings or child christening, The Nigerian Jollof rice can be presented and served with various side dishes and garnishes ranging from grilled/fried chicken, fried beef, fried plantains, moi moi, steamed vegetables, salads or coleslaw.


Nigerian Jollof rice basic ingredient is

Rice {carbonhydrates} and tomatoes, which in itself contain zero saturated fat or no cholesterol.
Vegetable oil provides, the right quantity of saturated fat.
Accompanying side dishes like beef, eggs, chicken or fish provides, a rich source of protein.

You can also serve the Nigerian Jollof Rice with your favorite salad recipe, coleslaw or moimoi. Check out my articles on basic steps to making coleslaw

Watch out for the Ghanian Jollof rice !!!

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