Jollof rice

Jollof rice is a delicious West African dish that you can change and adapt to suit your tastes. In this video, we make a vegan-friendly version, but you can add chicken or prawns if you want. You can also make it as spicy (or not) as you like.

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1.5 cups long-grain brown rice

1 medium tomato

1/2 red bell pepper

1 small/medium onion

1 cloves garlic

1/2 inch ginger

1/4 Scotch Bonnet pepper, or 1 teaspoons Cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons rapeseed oil

1 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoons tomato paste

1 low salt vegetable stock cube (or 1/2 a normal stock cube)

1 1/4 cups water


Large pot with a lid


Knife and chopping board

Measuring spoons and jug

Sieve (Optional)


1. Wash the brown rice and set aside.   

2. Chop the tomatoes, pepper, onion, ginger, and Scotch Bonnet pepper.  

3. If you’re worried about it being too spicy, use less of the Scotch Bonnet pepper or use Cayenne Pepper. 

4. Add these to the blender or mixing bowl if using a stick blender 

5. Puree until smooth. 

6. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.   

7. Add pureed sauce from the blender to the pot

8. Cook for about 3 minutes while stirring

9. Add stock cube, curry powder, thyme and tomato paste

10. Cook for another 2 minutes while stirring

11. Add rice and stir to coat it with the sauce. 

12. Add water to the pot. Bring to a full boil

13. Cover and reduce to low heat

14. Allow the rice to cook until tender and fluffy. This usually takes about 50 minutes.   

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Nutritional information

This recipe contains approximately 230kcal per 204g serving.

It contains 16% of your daily recommended intake of fat and 8% of your salt.

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Dysphagia guidance:

This recipe is potentially suitable for someone who is recommended a IDDSI Level 7 Regular Easy to Chew diet consistency.

You can find out more information on this IDDSI information sheet.

This recipe was adapted using this recipe from Healthier Steps.