NATIVE JOLLOF RICE
In this week’s recipe, I would like to show you how to make one of my favorite native Nigerian varieties of jollof rice popularly called native jollof rice, palm oil rice or iwuk edesi. It’s generally made in one pot with the perfect balance of indigenous Nigerian spices together with dry fish or smoked fish. Everything tossed in together.
The best part about Native Jollof is that you can customize your recipe by adding meats like dried fish and Shrimps. In my opinion, apart from the palmoil, the dried fish gives you an extra flavor while cooking native jollof. It gives the meal an authentic traditional taste.
Just like any other Nigerian Rice recipes, Native Jollof Rice is an easy dish to assemble and worth making any time of the year. I will be happy to know how it goes when you give it a try.
Watch how to make it – Native Jollof Rice
NATIVE JOLLOF RICE – IWUK EDESI/PALM OIL RICE (VIDEO)
- 3 Cups long-grain rice
- Blended peppers See note
- Palm Oil
- 1 medium-sized Onion Divided into 2 parts – see note
- Smoked Fish/Dried Fish
- Cow skin/Ponmo
- 2 Tablespoons Ground Crayfish
- About a handful of prawns
- 2 Tablespoons locust bean
- Ugwu/Kale/scented leaves see note
- Seasoning cubes
- Salt to taste
- Preheat the Palm oil on medium heat until it’s hot (not bleached)
- Add the diced onion and fry till soft
- Stir in the locust bean and fry for about a few seconds to a minute
- Add the blended peppers and fry until it’s reduced, stirring at intervals so as not to burn the sauce.
- Add the ground crayfish, Prawns, Dry fish, diced Ponmo, Salt to taste, and seasoning powder/cubes
- Add the stock and water, cover it up and leave to come to a rolling boil (adjust the seasoning if necessary)
- Stir in the Rice then cook until done. See note 3
- Stir in the ugwu/Kale and palm oil (optional) simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes on low heat.
- Serve and enjoy 🙂
- Keep in mind that you can make this Iwuk edesi with different varieties of dry Fish or smoked Fish. I usually use the Catfish but feel free to play around with the variety of dry Fish that suits your taste.
- Don’t be afraid to load your sauce with all these ingredients because the Rice will absorb all the flavors from the sauce to create a tasty Palm Oil.
- For me, the rice cooked for 30 minutes, covered, over low heat. Of course, other brands of rice will cook differently and everyone’s stove is different too. You can always check on the rice as it cooks and adjusts the heat according to how your rice and stove cook.
If you make this recipe I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram or Facebook. #cheflolaskitchen