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Basmati Jollof Rice Recipe

Beef Party-style Jollof Rice

This is an incredibly easy, but delicious recipe. The uniqueness of this jollof rice lies in the roasting of the bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. This brings an additional depth of flavor to the meal. If you’re looking for a Jollof Rice recipe that will be the star of the show, this is it!
Course Lunch/Dinner, Main/Side
Cuisine African, West African
Keyword jollof rice, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 3 Cups basmati rice
  • 1/2 Cup cooking Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 3 Cups beef stock
  • 2 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 2 Tsp Thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 Onion Medium-sized sliced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 11/2 Tbsp Seasoning powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tomatoes Plum
  • 1 to 3 Scotch bonnet
  • 1 Onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2- inch ginger
  • For the beef
  • 1.5 lb beef
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1 minced habanero
  • 2 tsp seasoning powder
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Drizzle some oil on the peppers and Roast the bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, habanero pepper, and garlic in the oven 400F for 15 to 20 minutes. Leave to cool a bit, blend with the ginger, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, season beef with salt, black pepper, rosemary, curry powder, and seasoning powder. Set aside.
  • Add one tablespoon oil in a pan, add the seasoned beef. Mix well and leave to cook for ten minutes.
  • Add one cup of water to the boiling beef and leave to cook again for another 10 to 15 minutes or till the meat becomes tender. Remove the meat from pot and keep the stock separately.
  • In the same pot, add the remaining oil and fry the beef on both sides till browned-about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove from oil and set aside.
  • Pour the sliced onions in the oil and cook till tender about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and fry well. About 3 to 5 minutes
  • Add the blended sauce, curry powder, thyme, seasoning powder, salt, and black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Wash the rice until the water comes out clear and drain. Stir the rice with the sauce and add the stock and water.
  • Cover the pot tightly with a foil paper and then with the lid. ook for 5 minutes on medium to high heat, then turn the heat down to low and cook for another 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Uncover the pot and add stir in the beef. Serve hot.