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Delicious Vegetarian Jollof Rice: Nigerian Tomato-Based Rice Recipe

Rice. It’s the staple and counter-part to so many delicious meals and the ‘must-have’ at parties or gatherings. As someone who craves rice at least once a week and eats rice pretty much with every meal, I was determined to continue to explore rice recipes.

Jollof Rice is an amazingly delicious, tomato-based recipe from Nigeria. *break* sorry, my mouth was literally watering as I’m typing this. It’s a perfect one-pot dish that can feed 5-6 people! The medleys of the flavor pair so well with a tomato-based stew chicken (recipe to follow) that you can’t go wrong. If you’re someone who enjoys sweet, tart and spicy – give this recipe a shot!


Happy cooking,


Vegetarian Nigerian Jollof Rice (Tomato-Based) Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 50 Minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

Vegetarian Jollof Rice: What You’ll Need

  1. 2 cups of parboiled rice
    1. Wash the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 1 large red pepper
  4. 3 cloves of garlic
  5. 1/2 of a habanero or scotch bonnet pepper
  6. 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of salt, or to taste
  8. 1 teaspoon of black pepper, or to taste
  9. 1 cup of RedPack’s canned crushed tomatoes with basil and garlic
  10. 1/4 a stick of butter
  11. 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots

*Note: I like using a crock-pot to make this rice because of the heavy and tight lid.

*Note: I like to set aside 1/4 of a cup of diced onions and red pepper and add during the same step as the peas (step #7)


Vegetarian Jollof Rice – The Step by Step

  1. In a blender, combine onion, red pepper, garlic, habanero pepper and set aside.
  2. In medium-to-high heat, add butter to pan. Once the butter is dry add your blended mixture and lower heat to medium.
  3. Cook for ~5-6 minutes then add RedPack’s canned crushed tomatoes. Cook for another ~6-9 minutes.
    • NOTE: You’ll need to measure 1 cup because the can will contain sauce left over which you can use for another recipe.
  4. Add your washed parboil rice, and stir until the mixture coats the rice. Add 3 & 1/2 cups of water.
  5. Add 3 & 1/2 cups of water and cover lid. Cook and leave it alone for 20 minutes.
    • NOTE: Lower heat slightly (the water should be a simmer)
  6. Stir rice and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add frozen peas & carrots and lower the heat to low and let it steam for another ~6-10 minutes with the lid closed.
  8. Toss rice, serve hot & enjoy!

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