Hmmm…… Good Ol’ Jollof rice!
This is one meal I’m sure lots of people would be eating today. A typical Nigerian party menu is incomplete without this meal. It is easy to prepare, widely accepted and enjoyed by lots of people. It is one meal almost every Nigerian lady knows how to prepare, but as it is with most recipes, different people have different ways they bring out the flavour in their dishes.
Same goes for Jollof Rice. As simple as it looks, you’d be shocked that many people prepare this meal in different ways. For some people, Jollof Rice is never complete without real chicken broth. For other people, fresh tomatoes must be sliced inside the pot when the meal is about getting done.
But for me, my most important Jollof Rice ingredient is…. Bay Leaves! I don’t miss out on this when preparing this meal. It gives a unique aroma and taste to my meal that no other spice can. It also has some great health benefits such as:
1. Bay leaf greatly helps in digestion. It is used as a natural remedy in a wide range of digestive disorders.
2. Bay leaf helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
3. Bay leaf contains the phytonutrients, caffeic acid and rutin, as well as salicylates. These phytonutrients protect the heart and lower the risk of strokes and heart attack.
Don’t forget, its best to use it dry rather than fresh.
So, tell me. What’s your most important ingredient in Jollof Rice? How do you prepare your Jollof Rice that makes it unique?
I’d love to know!
OmowunmiFebruary 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm
Nutmeg it is! The aroma and unique taste is on point
carolynFebruary 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm
please post how to make Jollof rice looks delicious
Letia SharonMarch 1, 2015 at 5:34 am
Hello, I am Ugandan and I love to cook and try new recipes, wud u please be kind enough to send me the whole recipe of this your famous jollof rice? I would be grateful.
Racheal Laye EdwardFebruary 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm
Whats jollof rice without tomatoes? Thats my special ingredient!
phinavennyFebruary 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm
Ginger and garlic brings out the aroma
Olufunke olawoyeFebruary 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm
Garlic and ginger
chisomFebruary 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm
onion is the ideal ingredient for my jollof rice.
Superb TehtehFebruary 28, 2015 at 6:53 pm
mine is scent leaf. does the trick one hand
IjeomaFebruary 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm
I use ginger to prepare my rice cos of the nice aroma.
Kristian JosephsFebruary 28, 2015 at 9:37 pm
For me, no onions, no jollof rice. Haven’t heard about the bay leaves but I sure hope its not a preserve for ‘baes’ and ‘boos’. 😉 🙂
ChibuikeFebruary 28, 2015 at 10:30 pm
Aunty Steph,try adding enough crayfish and onions,even without meat or fish,you’ll understand what i mean.
GloriaMarch 14, 2015 at 7:38 pm
u re right. plenty crayfish, garlic, onions and green pepper will gv u the natural aroma of Jollof rice
FaithJune 21, 2018 at 12:56 pm
Yess I concur í ½í±crayfish aroma and taste like no other
alamin sulaimanMarch 1, 2015 at 12:53 am
jollof rice ingredient, carrot and onion, tomatos
victoria AchazieMarch 1, 2015 at 5:45 am
Bay leaf add good flavour l agree but my jollof rice secret is cray fish added at the last minute of cooking.
EvaMarch 1, 2015 at 7:05 am
O yh Bay leave plus crayfish is ma secret
rachealMarch 1, 2015 at 10:39 am
mine is margrine n carrot.margrine gives a unique taste n aroma.
AdewunmiMarch 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm
Cinnamon powder is my favourite ingredient in jollof rice.
martina IwuMarch 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm
My ideal ingredient is green peas, ginger,garlic nd crayfish. It makes my jollof superb!
chyMarch 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm
Garlic ginger $ crayfish,u won’t drop ur spoon!
PriscaMarch 2, 2015 at 8:37 am
For me it’s Shallot! Amazing taste.
MashaMarch 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm
I would lvu lean hw to
Chinwendu EgwuonwuMarch 18, 2015 at 11:21 am
U’re indeed wonderful, those things dat u wrote is dat wht makes u like twelve years o
Iwuanyanwu VivianMarch 18, 2015 at 11:44 am
Spring onions, carrots and green pepper aremy secret ingredients
MercyMay 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm
Mine is green pepper and cinnamon