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How To Make Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a one-pot rice dish popular in many West African countries—and every country has its own take on this versatile and delicious food. If you’re familiar with jambalaya, you’ll love this recipe, as some say jollof rice is possibly a progenitor to the famous Louisiana staple.

Time to make: 1 hour


  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium Scotch bonnet pepper (or use a habanero pepper), add more if you like the heat
  • ½ medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 large red bell peppers, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 heaping teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 bay leaves


  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 ½ cups medium-grain rice
  • 1 ½ cup of frozen green peas
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 lbs of medium sized shrimp (this dish is customizable—try chicken or add more vegetables!)


  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot ground chile pepper, such as African dried chile or cayenne
  • Add additional salt and pepper to taste

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