Jollof rice

Jollof rice

Enjoy this Nigerian-inspired rice dish from Ayo Adeyemi, executive chef at Akoko, similar to a biryani, but with a spiced red pepper base
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    To make the base, tip the red peppers, plum tomatoes, scotch bonnet and onion into a blender or food processor, and blitz until completely smooth. Pour into a wide saucepan, bring to a medium simmer and cook until you have a thick paste, around 15 mins. Set aside.
  2. Step 2

    To make the rice, finely dice the garlic and ginger, then crush with the back of a knife to create a paste and set aside. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and add the onions with 10g fine salt. Sweat the onions over a low heat for 10-15 mins until soft and translucent. Turn up the heat to medium and add the ginger-garlic paste, along with the peppercorns, curry powder, thyme and curry leaves, and cook for 5 mins.
  3. Step 3

    Add the tomato purée and the ata base, stir well and cook for another 5 mins over a low heat. Pour in the chicken stock, add the bay leaves, stir well and cook for another 5-10 mins over a low heat. Finally, scatter in the rice and stir well, cover with a lid and steam for 10-15 mins over a low heat. Stir gently, add the butter, cover again and cook over a low heat for another 10 mins. Remove from the heat and leave to rest for 10 mins. Sprinkle over the chives, if you like, then serve straight from the pan.