HOW TO MAKE NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN


Nigerian jollof rice is very popular in the world today. If you havent had a taste of Nigerian jollof rice then you are missing a lot. Nigerian jollof rice and Nigerian fried rice with chicken are two of few foods Nigerian dont joke with. These two special food are mostly prepared on special occasions like weddings, get-togethers, anniversary and other special occasions. (Although other Nigerian and intercontinental delicacies are prepared on these occasions but you cant just ignore the presence of Nigerian jollof rice with chicken) Weve heard about the argument between Nigerians and Ghanaians about whose jollof rice is the best …Lol… If you ask me, Nigerian jollof rice is the best ever. Trust me I’m not just saying this because I’m Nigerian but truth been told, Nigerian jollof rice is incomparable to any other jollof in Africa and the world.
Well many of you can actually cook jollof rice but might not be able to prepare that main Nigerian jollof rice. In this blog youll see the process and procedure in making it. Lets get started.

MATERIALS NEEDED TO PREPARE NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE AND CHICKEN
POT
FRYING SPOON
SOUP SPOON
TURNING STICK
COOKER
STRAINER
DIP FRYER/FRY PAN
BOWLS
KNIFE
CHOPPING BOARD
BLENDER

INGREDENTS NEEDED TO PREPARE NIGERIAN JOLLOF RICE AND CHICKEN
Long grain rice
Tomato puree (grinded tomatoes, red pimento {rodo and shombo as we call it in Lagos}, onion) PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOMATO SHOULD BE VERY LITTLE IN QUANTITY, IF POSSIBLE PUT ONLY ONE TOMATO AND ENOUGH PIMENTO (RED PEPPER) AND ONIONS. TOMATO IS NOT REALLY NEEDED, THE MAIN RECIPE IS PEPPER AND ONIONS. THEN GRINED TOGETHER.
Tomato paste
Enough onions (this is what brings out the taste)
Bay leave
Curry
Thyme
Salt
Garlic
Ginger
Vegetable oil
White pepper
Scent pepper
Seasoning cube

PREPARATION OF THE CHICKEN

  1. Grate the onion, ginger and garlic you need in boiling the chicken
  2. Wash the chicken and remove any fat that may be in the chicken with clean water
  3. Put the chicken into a pot
  4. While the chicken is in the pot, without water add seasoning cube, white pepper & scent pepper, curry, thyme, garlic paste (the grated garlic), ginger paste (the grated ginger) and onion
  5. Then use your clean hand to mix all ingredients very well into the chicken still without water. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE MIXING THE CHICKEN WITH THE INGREDIENT THE POT MUST NOT BE ON THE COOKER.
  6. Now you can put the pot on your cooker and boil the meat. PLEASE DO NOT ADD WATER AT THIS POINT
  7. After 10mins (or at any time you wish) you can add little water (this is necessary because the stock {chicken water} will be needed for the jollof rice)
  8. When the chicken is ready, remove it from the cooker.
  9. Put enough oil to fry the chicken into the fry pan.
  10. Fry the chicken until it gives you a golden brown colour.

PREPARATION OF THE JOLLOF RICE
STEP 1: MISE UN PLACE
Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in place”.
Mise en place is the preparation of dishes and ingredients before the beginning of service (in a professional kitchen).
In plain English, mise en place means making sure all your ingredients (like your salt, pepper, seasoning cube, and so on) are set beside you and ready for use. This is to prevent you from walking about (which can also cause kitchen accident) in the kitchen and not concentrating on your cooking.
STEP 2: WASH YOUR MATERIALS
To maintain good kitchen hygiene, wash all your material (washable materials) with soap and clean running water and dry with a clean kitchen towel
STEP 3: WASH YOUR HANDS
To maintain good personal hygiene, wash your hands with soap and clean running water and dry with a clean kitchen towel
STEP 4: PER-BOIL YOUR RICE FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES
Boil your rice for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes when it has boiled a little, pour in a strainer and set aside. The reason for per-boiling your rice a little is to remove excess starch in the rice
STEP 5: CUBE YOUR ONIONS
The first secret to cooking a delicious jollof rice is the amount of onions you’re using. Using a chopping board and a knife, cube your onions in very tiny pieces.
Please note that the amount of onions you put also determines how delicious your jollof rice will be. Onions gives your jollof rice that distinct taste. So I recommend 2 big onions or 4 medium sized onions for 1kg of rice
STEP 6: POUR YOUR VEGETABLE OIL INTO YOUR POT
Turn on your cooker (low heat, but not too low) and pour little vegetable oil into your pot. Please note that the amount of oil you put depends on the quantity of the tomato puree you are using. The more the quantity of puree the more oil (although little) you’ll put
STEP 7: FRY YOUR ONIONS
Using low heat (not too low), fry your onions for about 2 minutes till you get that juicy onion aroma
STEP 8: ADD SALT
The second secret to cooking a delicious jollof rice is adding salt when you are frying your onions. Add the quantity of salt to cook the rice. Stir and fry for 1 minute
STEP 9: ADD TOMATO PASTE
Add your tomato paste and fry for about 6 to 7 minutes. Keep stairing until the tomato paste mixes very well with the oil and onions. When the tomato paste mixes very well with the oil, then you know you are progressing. At this point you can move to the next step
STEP 10: ADD YOUR TOMATO PUREE
This is a very critical stage because if you put excess puree your rice will come out sticky. So you have to be very careful with the quantity of puree you put. It is kinda better the puree is not enough than when it’s excess.
So, that been said, put the amount of puree to cook the rice and leave to fry very well. At this stage please leave the heat on your cooker on low heat
To know when it is ready, you will see the oil come to the top when it has fried very well.
STEP 11: ADD YOUR CHICKEN STOCK
When your puree is fried, add your chicken stock (liquid from the cooked chicken) into the tomato puree mixture and allow to cook
Add the quantity of stock to cook the per-boiled rice because if you put too much your rice will over cook and become mulchy.
If your stock is not enough cook your per-boiled rice, add little water to get the quantity to cook the per-boiled rice
STEP 12: ADD BAY LEAVE
Add your bay leave
When the stew starts boiling taste and correct the seasoning if necessary (like salt and other ingredient)
STEP 13: ADD YOUR PER-BOILED RICE
Add your per-boiled rice and allow to cook
While the rice is drying up and ready increase the heat of the cooker to its regular level (remember we were using low heat) to do the final cooking. Taste to know if the rice is done, if it is not, add little water
STEP 14: YOUR JOLLOF RICE IS READY
When your rice gets dried use the turning stick to turn the jollof rice while its still on fire (for about 30 seconds). Its okay for it get burnt a little if you are not making use of a non-stick pot
You can garnish your jollof rice with carrot and green pea
STEP 15: SERVE YOUR JOLLOF RICE WITH CHICKEN
Serve your delicious, yummy Nigerian jollof rice with chicken and a glass of ice cold fruit juice

CONCLUSION
Now we’ve seen the step by step procedure in making Nigerian jollof rice. You will make a delicious jollof rice if you follow the step by step procedure. So what are you waiting for? Go prepare that delicious Nigerian jollof rice

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