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Party Jollof Rice

Duchess Nena for Made In Hackney
  • Serves: 4-6
  • Preparation: 15
  • Cooking: 70
  • Ready: 85

This celebratory Jollof Rice is a deliciously spicy one pot dish with a rich smoky tomato base.


  • 2 cups of golden sella rice* (or long grain easy cook rice if you can’t find this)
  • 2 tins plum/chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tube tomato puree
  • ½ cup frozen mixed vegetables/frozen peas
  • 2 onions (1 red, 1 white)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup cooking oil (preferable avocado)
  • 2 vegetable stock/bouillon cube
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 scotch bonnets
  • ½ finger of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic


In a blender/food processor add the tomatoes, bell pepper, ½ onion, 1 whole scotch bonnet, 2 cloves garlic and ½ finger ginger. Blend until smooth.

Chop or slice the red onion.

In a pan, heat the oil and add the sliced/chopped onion and stir-fry for 1 minute. Then add the tomato puree and cook for a further minute.

Add the blended mix, bay leaves, curry powder, dried thyme, bouillon cube/powder and a pinch of salt and cook on a medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, until reduced. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. This stew will be the base for the jollof.

Wash the rice thoroughly and parboil in a separate pot for 5 minutes. Rinse and add to the stew and mix.

Cover the pot with foil/parchment paper before putting a lid over it. Put on a low heat and cook for ½ hour. Mid way, stir the rice as the sauce tends to stay at the bottom of the pot. This will ensure the rice cooks evenly.

Once the rice is done, add sliced white onions and the mixed frozen vegetables and stir through.

To get the ‘party’ flavour, transfer into an ovenware dish and cook in a preheated oven at 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6 for 10 minutes. This will give it a smoky taste like it has been cooked over an open fire. Hence the name ‘party jollof’.

Additonal notes

Recipe courtesy of Duchess Nena, Made In Hackney Cookery Teacher.

“Duchess Nena’s Party Jollof Rice is the absolute business! It is a festive/celebratory dish enjoyed by many West African people. It is a spicy one pot rice dish with a rich tomato base with origins from the Wolof tribe found in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania.”

*Golden sella rice – a type of basmati rice found in supermarkets or Afro-Caribbean shops. If you can’t find this, buy long grain easy cook rice.

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