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jollof

If you’re going to eat rice, you might as well spice it up right? Jollof, a rice dish from Ghana, is the best way to do that in my opinion. The perfect combination of ginger and habaneros satisfies my spicy taste buds like no other.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 tomatoes, halved
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2″ ginger
  • 2 habanero chilies
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Transfer the quartered onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger and habaneros and salt to a blender and blend till smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat up some oil in a non-stick pot and sauté the onions until golden brown. Add in the tomato paste and the blended mixture. Cook on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until you get a stew. Add in the rice and mix till it’s coated in the stew. Add in the water and mix again. Season with more salt if necessary. Cover the pot with plastic wrap and a tight fitting lid; this helps capture the steam which cooks the rice.
  3. When the rice is almost ready, add in the carrots and mix gently with a fork. Cover again and cook till the rice is done. Serve immediately with any meat of your choice and some more pepper if you dare.

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