Tag: Rice recipes

Nigerian Cuisine

Banga Jollof

This is one of the few times I make Jollof rice without first cooking the rice. The first thing I do is call my mother who instructs me accordingly. Rice. Banga cream and no spices. If at all, a mere pinch. I begin by washing the rice in water till clear. In a large pot, […]

Nigerian Cuisine

August 22nd – In Preparation for World Jollof Rice Day

Here’s everything you need to get ready for World Jollof Rice Day – lessons on history, culture, controversies, essentials and more. Mark the date – August 22nd, use the #WorldJollofRiceDay. To begin, I recommend you listen to WizKid’s Ojuelegba. Just because it is my current favourite song and because…yeah, I say so. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/168209671″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” […]

Around The World, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 4: Around the World in Twelve (12) ‘Jollofs’

…or Twelve (12) Shades of Jollof Rice. Jollof rice in the  simplest terms is a beacon for West African cuisine. Texturally, it’s half way between the separate, not mushy grains of a pilaf and the ‘sauced’ creaminess of a risotto. Here are twelve (12) takes from classic to not. 1. Classic: Nigeria & Along the coast of West Africa […]

Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 3: The Fundamentals of Jollof Rice

Jollof rice: rice perfection that’s half way between the dryness of pilaf and the creaminess of risotto. ‘Traditionally’, Jollof rice is made with specific ingredients which define the perfect pot – from long-grain rice to scotch bonnet peppers and Maggi cubes for seasoning. I present – the Jollof essentials. Truth too is, essentials are no guarantee to success so one must understand […]

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Part 2: #Jollofgate – In Defense Of Our Traditions

Now the dust has settled :), we can explore more about Jollof Rice – both a short history and the recent #Jollofgate incident. —–00000—– In the winter of 2010, I made wholewheat Argentine Empanadas. I served them with a fresh herb sauce, Chimichurri and got many pats on the back and one tap…one comment…from an Argentine no […]

Features & Columns, Nigerian Cuisine, Recipes, Travel & Exploration

Part 1: A Short History of Jollof Rice

Jollof, definitions Noun. Verb. of a red, spiced rice dish loved in every city and town ‘South of the Sahara’ and along the coast of West Africa. Synonyms: Djolof, Benachim (Gambia); Thiéboudienne (Senegal) to cook in a red, tomato-based sauce: ‘Jollof beans’ – a one pot dish of beans cooked in a rich tomato sauce. West African-speak. denoting […]