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Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice

nigerian quick jellof riceOnce upon a time, and while I was browsing YouTube, it suggested a Nigerian movie for me to watch, I went ahead and clicked on the video and on that first scene, I saw people eating Jellof rice. It was my mission to know the recipe, and when I almost mastered it, I made a Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice.

Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice

nigerian quick jellof riceYes, it is a faster version, but tastes delicious. I had to cut it short since I usually have many chores to take care of around the house. In the original recipe, you have to use tomato sauce made from scratch.

In my version things run faster, and you are done in very short time. As a foodie, there is no way I can compromise on flavor. I guarantee that you will enjoy the flavor of every bite you take.

nigerian quick jellof riceMy quest to make a Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice, made me addicted to not only Nigerian cuisine, but to Nigerian movies too.

Oh yeah, I do watch Nigerian movies often, and to be honest, Nigerian movies are not only entertaining to me, but a source of learning. I watched so many Nigerian movies, I feel as if I know every corner of that country although, never traveled to it.
nigerian quick jellof rice

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nigerian quick jellof rice

Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice

In this Nigerian Quick Jellof Rice the Authentic flavor has not been compromised. I guarantee that you will enjoy the flavor of every bite you take.
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Course: Main Meal
Cuisine: Nigerian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 <g data-gr-id="90" id="90" class="gr_ gr_90 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar multiReplace">stick</g> celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1- inch ginger
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • ¼ bell pepper
  • 1 cube chicken bouillon
  • 1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup long grain rice washed and soaked
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme or oregano
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In <g data-gr-id="96" id="96" class="gr_ gr_96 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep">blender</g>, add tomato, bell pepper, ginger, garlic, celery, and blend well.
  • In a pan, heat <g data-gr-id="79" id="79" class="gr_ gr_79 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling">two-tablespoon</g> oil and then add the onion and carrot. Stir for three minutes on medium high heat.
  • Add the tomato mix <g data-gr-id="75" id="75" class="gr_ gr_75 gr-alert gr_gramm Grammar multiReplace">on</g> the fried onion and stir until the oil separates.
  • Add the tomato paste, butter, and chicken bouillon. Stir for two minutes.
  • Add all the spices and stir for two minutes.
  • Add the water and let it boil. Check if you need more salt at this stage.
  • Add the rice and stir for few seconds, when it comes to a boil, cover tightly and cook on the lowest heat for 15 minutes. Uncover and stir, cover again and cook for another 15-16 minutes.
  • Serve hot.
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  1. This rice looks so delicious! I have never watched Nigerian movies or tried their rice. This sounds and looks delicous.

    • munatycooking

      Well, Nigerian movies are a little different than other movies, I guess it’s the culture really, but when you get used to them you will enjoy them. As for this rice, it is delicious, everyone who tried it loved it.

  2. The rice sounds fantastic. I love the flavors that you have in the rice, really yummy.

  3. I love the spices that you used in this rice. It must be very delicious.

    • munatycooking

      Hi Angie, this dish is really popular and is delicious. You can have it with no meat or vegetables on the side since it has a lot of flavor.

  4. Wow, this rice sounds incredible! There are so many awesome layers of flavor there. I’m thinking I could eat this one by itself for dinner tonight!

  5. This rice dish looks and sounds delicious! I’d love a bowlful right now!

  6. I expected to find some exotic ingredients in this Nigerian dish, but it looks quite approachable! Lots of yummy flavors!

  7. This looks so yummy! Do you know how I’d swap out the chicken bouillon to make it vegetarian? Maybe swap the water for veggie broth? I’ve been looking for new rice recipes- this looks awesome!

  8. The rice is really yummy! All the flavors you’ve put are wonderful!

    • munatycooking

      Thanks Nagi, Jellof rice is our favorite here, and it’s so flavorful you van have it on its own.

  9. Wow! I am Nigerian and I love Jellof rice! I must say you did a good job here. Thanks for trying this .
    As for the movies… Some of them are interesting and some I just can’t stand.

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