Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice is a popular dish in Africa, traditionally made with rice, chili peppers, and meat or fish. Now you can welcome it to your plant-based table! Our recipe includes rice infused with the familiar flavors of crushed tomato, garlic, chili pepper, ginger, thyme and paprika. It comes together in one pot in just about 30 minutes, making it perfect for celebrating Kwanzaa and also ideal for any busy weeknight meal. Experience West African cuisine right in your own home by trying it for dinner tonight!


  • 1 3/4 cups tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 cup basmati rice, uncooked
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, fresh, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Thai chili pepper, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, fresh, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Parsley, fresh, to serve
  • PREP TIME 10
  • COOK TIME 30
  • Serves 4


  1. In a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, cook onions until translucent, about 5 minutes, adding a drop or two of water if sticking occurs.
  2. Add garlic, chili pepper and ginger and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add rice and toast for 2 minutes.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, thyme and paprika. Stir until combined.
  5. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid, simmer 15-20 minutes, until all liquids are absorbed, lifting lid to check only one or two times at the end to avoid releasing steam.
  6. Keeping lid on, remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes to finish cooking.
  7. Fluff with a fork and serve with garnish of chopped parsley.