Jollof rice – fried rice with vegetables, fish and/or meat – is a popular dish in Ghana and Nigeria. The main components are rice, tomato paste and onions which you can combine with any vegetables and fish or meat if you like.
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ red onion, chopped
1 tin of tomato puree
Fish filet (in Ghana jollof rice is usually eaten with beef and fish)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 green pepper, diced (or any other vegetables you like)
2 cups of rice
2 teaspoons of red pepper seasoning (a spice mix you can buy everywhere in Ghana. If you can’t get hold of it, replace it with chili) – or more if you like it spicy
1 tablespoon of curry powder
½ cup of red palm oil
How to prepare it:
Heat the oil in a pot and fry the chopped garlic and onion until softened. Season with red pepper and stir for a few minutes. Add the tomato puree, a bit of white pepper and the curry powder. Keep on stirring until the stew has thickened. Add the fish filet, the chopped vegetables and a bit of water and leave to simmer. When the vegetables start to become soft, add two cups of rice and more water, and cook until the rice is done. Season to taste with salt and serve hot.