Jollof Rice is a one-pot rice dish popular in many West African countries. This mouth-watering meal has traveled throughout the region and evolved into several regional varieties, each (one) steeped in the heritage of the place where it is prepared. Nevertheless, it maintains its magic and is relished all over Africa. This dish is most popular amongst Nigerians and Ghanaians.
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated
• 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
• 1 carrot, small dice
• 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped
• Pinch of sea salt
• 1 cup rice
• 1 tablespoon tomato paste
• 3 cups vegetable broth
• 1 small package seitan, cut into small chunks, about 2 cups
(omit to keep recipe gluten free)
• ½ cup each frozen (or fresh) chopped green beans and peas
• ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• Salt to taste
• Coriander or parsley to garnish
In a medium pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add cumin seeds, curry powder, onion, ginger, garlic, and chilies. Sauté 3-4 minutes.
Add carrots, tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and sauté 1-2 minutes or until tomatoes become slightly soft.
Add rice and tomato paste and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth, cover and cook until rice is 90% cooked.
Add seitan, green beans, and peas. Stir until well combined. Add nutmeg, season with salt to taste, and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Garnish with coriander or parsley and serve hot.