Ahead of the worldwide celebration of jollof rice on the 22nd September 2016 as World Jollof Rice Day, I wrote this recipe which defies the West African jollof-mob rules of this dish; “nothing but the traditional contents of jollof must be added to…jollof!” But jollof rice is originally from the Wolof people of Senegal and Gambia who cook this as a heady fishy dish called Thieboudienne (che-bou-gen) As with a lot of foods of the world it travelled and was adapted in various regions. Even Ghanaian and Nigerian jollof is quite different. If you will like to break some rules while celebrating the basic foundation of it, then give this a go! Start with a rich tomato base, lots of aromatics and add whatever else you please. Stuffed Pepper Jollof Rice SERVES 6 – 8 | COOKING TIME: 50 – 60 minutes INGREDIENTS 400g easy cook basmati rice For the jollof sauce 3 tbs vegetable oil 2 large onions 4 cloves of garlic, chopped 5cm / thumb size ginger, peeled & grated 2 x 400g can of chopped …
I remember cooking this as a result of lazy days as a student in London. I would want a great supper but couldn’t handle spending hours in the kitchen. So I would cook chicken with a jar of easy garlic and chillies, lots of onions and chopped tomatoes. It soon became my go-to dish to take to dinners at friends’s houses. It is modest but rather indulgent and it just hits the spot everytime. This is quite the recipe for non-cooks and pro cooks alike. Big flavours are at play here, and as always in my cooking, you can absolutely make it my own. This recipe was published in my column in the Guardian Newspaper and it is online here. Happy eating! x
The lovely people at The Guardian Nigeria are hosting a live twitter chat with me. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with our readers, talk to you in person and if you have been enjoying my weekly column in the newspaper or online, perhaps you have a burning question you would like to ask me! Join us and please use hashtags #TGNTweetChat #LeratoOnTheGuardian It’s a date! Date: 26th May 2016 Time: 1pm GMT Venue: Twitter Twitter handles: leratotomato, GuardianNigeria My new recipes can be found weekly in The Guardian. Make them your own, comment and share your story with me and other foodies.
I am excited to announce the launch of my new food column in The Guardian Newspaper in Nigeria.