Jollof rice is more than just a blessed delicacy from God himself…
It is a way of life. Just look at this.
Jollof Rice has proved its culinary excellence and has become so popular all over the world that there’s actually a day to celebrate it.
Yup, World Jollof Rice Day is actually a thing. If you’re curious as to what exactly makes this food so special, I’m going to give you 22 reasons… or ingredients.
1. Love and affection
I mean, this is why your mom’s Jollof Rice is still the best you ever had.
2. Experienced hands
Hands that are almost fireproof, and have evolved into automatic measuring machines.
Y’all already know this is why proper party Jollof Rice tastes so much better than homecooked. 🌚 Ingredient X.
If you want to make amazing Jollof Rice, you need to cook it with firewood. It’s in the Constitution.
5. Cast iron pot
Akon is from Senegal. What do you think he was talking about when he sang Pot of Gold?
6. Good rice
No matter your level of skill, if you do mistake and buy bad rice, your Jollof Rice is going to be bad, plain and simple. Shine ya eye.
7. Fresh tomatoes
Get those fresh, healthy-looking juicy tomatoes that usually come from the North. Just go to the market and ask for it.
8. Tomato puree
AKA tin tomato/tinned tomatoes. This is like the photoshop for Jollof Rice. It gives it an extremely attractive pop of colour.
The type that will make you shed tears at its beauty.
10. Scotch bonnet
AKA rodo. Because a little fire is good for the soul, and tastebuds!
I mean… This one is a given.
12. Chicken or beef
Because is your Jollof Rice really complete without ‘animal’?
13. Beef/chicken stock
Keyyy ingredient! The absence of this can spell doom for your Jollof Rice.
14. Vegetable oil
Preferably the one you just used to fry the chicken that has soaked up the spices.
15. Seasoning cubes
Because you need to season that rice well!
16. Bay leaf
For that extra, fabulous ‘scent’ and flavour.
17. Curry and thyme
This is a big part of what gives Jollof Rice that wonderful, endless flavour.
18. Cooking butter
This gives the Jollof Rice the most delectable texture!
19. Mixed vegetables
See ehn, Jollof Rice is an institution on its own. It doesn’t need to be messed with; it’s not fried rice. However, you can add mixed veggies if you want to give it small international exposure.
Dodo is the perfect sidekick for almost any dish, but there’s just something about dodo and Jollof Rice. A match made in heaven.
This one is for taste and nutrition balance and pure enjoyment.
Because it’s not a bad thing to use enjoyment to kill yourself.