How to cook your rice the African way

How to cook your rice the African way

Africa has many countries. Out of 195 countries in the entire world, 54 of them are found in Africa. Each region has its own unique languages, dialects, fashion, culture, and sometimes even physical attributes. For reasons I shall explain in future blog posts, I wish Africa was one country, or at most 3. I’m thinking: North Africa, Central Africa, and Southern Africa. I’ll get into that one day.

For reasons I shall explain in future blog posts, I wish Africa was one country, or at most 3

When my heading said, “How to cook your rice the African way” I’m specifically talking about West Africa. Those brothers and sisters of mine up there, really know how to do rice properly. Think; Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, and Cameroon. If by now you have not yet tried jollof rice, then the upcoming videos are for you.

If you can to this blog post looking for a very quick guide, that’s filled with minimum ingredients and process. This first recipe video might be perfect for you. However, for those artists out there, the foodies, and wannabe-professionals that want a feel of the whole African experience. I recommend you skip this next video and keep going with my post. I have a longer video coming up soon, with more ingredients and a proper step-by-step guide.

If you don’t want to take any shortcuts, skip this video and wait for the next one

As a young Zimbabwean growing up in my African community, if you were privileged enough to bring a lunchbox of rice with you to primary school. Come break-time: Your friends and “foes” would make a circle around you… with their hands stretched-out, just to get a spoonful of your rice. Many households only ate rice on some weekends, birthdays, or Christmas. Take your pick, Oliver Twist. And that was not even jollof rice! It was plain old, white boiled rice… with a bit of leftover soup on it. [Gasp] Leftovers… the meal of primary school kings!

Back in those days, had it been jollof rice, you probably would have lost libs in the riot that would ensue over your lunchbox. Which was the case when one secretly attempted to eat peanut-butter-rice in the playground. While Zimbabwean kids were kickboxing each other for a spoonful of peanut-butter-rice. Our West African cousins, had jollof rice! Africa is a truly multi-cultural continent. Learn how to cook this “jollof rice” in the video below. Oooh and make sure you watch the video (at least once) before you start referring to the step-by-step recipe provided below.

This authentic, four-minute video has all the proper steps and ingredients

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed the video above as much as I did. Go and subscribe to Kiki Foodies for more delicious African delicacies! As mentioned before the recipe below will make better sense after having watched the four-minute, quick step-by-step video above.

  • Jollof rice recipe for 8 cups of rice

The ingredients need for the blended mix:

  • 3 medium bell peppers
  • 5 pieces of tomato (Roma)
  • 2 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1/2 onion

The ingredients need for the frying:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil(or oil of choice
  • 1 large onion( chopped)
  • 18oz (2 1/4 cup)Tomato paste( tin tomato)
  • 2 knorr seasoning cubes (try chicken cubes)
  • 2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 rich cup chicken stock( substitute with water)
  • 1 cup water

Step 1

Blend smooth together the following

  • 3 medium bell peppers
  • 5 pieces of tomato (Roma)
  • 2 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1/2 onion

Step 2

  • Transfer it all to an empty pan and cook until its water dries

Step 3

Take a new pot and and the following:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil(or oil of choice
  • 1 large onion( chopped)

Fry those two together until fragrant (it should take 5 – 8 minutes)

Step 4

Add tomato paste (Tin tomato) into that pot and (fry for around 20 minutes)

Step 5

Add boiled down tomato/ pepper mix (fry for an additional 8 – 10 minutes)

Step 6

Add the following ingredients into that mixture:

  • 2 knorr seasoning cubes (try chicken cubes)
  • 2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon salt

Stir it all together

Step 7

  • Add Chicken stock or water
  • Stir
  • Now add washed rice
  • Mix it all
  • Now add water (Just enough to cover the surface)

Final step

  • Cover the pot with foil (and finally cook for 25 minutes)
  • After that you should be all done now \o/
cred: @kikifoodies
cred: @kikifoodies

I tried my best to breakdown all the steps in the video, but please.. watch the video and go hit the subscribe button! I can’t wait to share more African food recipes with you. I really enjoyed Kiki Foodies’ excellently done video!

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