Jollof rice is a staple dish in Western African regions, particularly in Nigeria and Ghana. It's a one-pot rice dish cooked with a spicy tomato sauce and often served with chicken or other cuts of meats. We have replaced the meat with black-eyed peas to give you a tasty vegan alternative of this flavourful meal.
What sets Jollof rice apart from other similar dishes is the richness of the rice itself. When eating your favourite curry, have you ever finished the condiment before the rice? Going through that plain rice after such a flavourful sauce is always a bit disappointing. With Jollof rice, that won't happen! Here we let the rice boil right into the rich tomato sauce, letting it soak in all the flavour and become one with it.
And we aren't talking about plain tomato sauce here. There are such diverse regional spices, herbs, and veggies coming together in this dish, like the fiery scotch bonnet chilli, grassy okra and pungent ginger root.
With a serving of black-eyed peas, we added a generous amount of plant-based proteins to the dish, turning it into a complete one-pot meal. With a bowl, you'll get 35% of your protein RDI, 35% of your fibre RDI, and 25% of your carbs RDI. Perfectly balanced.
And because the rice is so flavourful, it's tasty both hot and cold. So whether you have it right away, or pack it into tomorrow's lunch box, make it a jolly day with your Jollof rice! (sorry, we couldn't resist!).