African-Inspired Jollof Rice


Novice Foodie
Jambo, food enthusiasts! Embark on a flavorful journey to Africa with this African-Inspired Jollof Rice. This fusion dish features fragrant and spicy rice cooked with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and a blend of warm spices, creating a dish that's bursting with flavor and color. Serve this vibrant Jollof Rice as a main course or as a side dish alongside grilled meats or vegetables for a taste of authentic African cuisine right in your own kitchen. Let's dive in and elevate your dinner table with this delicious fusion creation!


  • 2 cups long-grain parboiled rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (red, green, or yellow), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped, for garnish

  1. Prepare the Rice:
    • Rinse the parboiled rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté Aromatics:
    • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add finely chopped onion and diced bell pepper. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add Spices:
    • Stir in minced garlic, ground ginger, ground coriander, ground cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Cook with Tomatoes:
    • Add diced tomatoes (with their juices) to the skillet, stirring to combine with the aromatics and spices. Cook for 5-7 minutes, allowing the tomatoes to break down and thicken slightly.
  5. Simmer with Rice:
    • Pour chicken or vegetable broth into the skillet, stirring well to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  6. Add Rice and Cook:
    • Add the rinsed and drained rice to the skillet, stirring to combine with the tomato mixture. Cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Let the rice simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork. Garnish the African-inspired Jollof Rice with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.
  8. Serve:
    • Serve the Jollof Rice hot as a main course or as a side dish alongside grilled meats or vegetables.
  9. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy the vibrant flavors and colors of this African-inspired Jollof Rice, a fusion of fragrant rice with tomatoes, bell peppers, and warm spices that will transport you to the rich culinary traditions of Africa with every bite! Karibu kwenye meza! (Welcome to the table!)
This Jollof Rice is perfect for sharing with family and friends, whether for a special occasion or a casual weeknight dinner. With its bold flavors and vibrant presentation, this fusion creation is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire.
Does anyone know if this Jollof Rice is suitable for someone with health issues? Curious because I have a friend who's looking for flavorful but healthy recipes... thanks! 🤔
Wow, African-inspired jollof rice is a flavor party! Your recipe looks so vibrant and tasty! Can't wait to try making it for dinner. Thanks for sharing!