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World Jollof Rice Day: ‘Make You Go Cook Jollof’


Jollof rice is a major delicacy at every event ranging from wedding ceremony, burial, naming, coronation and other activities that requires dishing of foods especially among youths and and people of the younger generation.

Tuesday the 22nd of August  is the World Jollof Rice Day. It’s a day that is set aside to celebrate this very wonderful cuisine. Jollof rice is a dominant name amongst African dishes. Any country can prepare their own kind of jollof rice using ingredients best known to their environment, but the Nigerian jollof rice is one unique dish that is always talked of by anyone from any part of the world, who has eaten it.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, sparked an outrage by claiming Senegal prepared better Jollof Rice than Nigeria in May. A claim countered by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo that, “We all know that Nigerian Jollof Rice is the best anywhere. We beat the Ghanaians and Senegalese hands down.” As the world celebrate world Jollof rice today, Whether in Dakar, Abuja or Bamako don’t be left out, make sure you cook your own Jollof.

10 things to know about jollof rice

  • The rice cuisine that is now called jollof rice is originally from the Wolof tribe that’s cuts across the Gambia and Senegal.
  • The rice cuisine is originally a fish-based recipe. But now, its normal to find jollof rice as chicken garnished.
  • The Wolof rice which is now called jollof rice is not a morning meal. It’s an evening meal.
  • The major ingredients for the meal are the tomato sauce. It gives rice to its redness.
  • Many of us don’t know that palm oil and tea-bush leaves are also part of the ingredients used for the preparation of jollof rice.
  • There is a dance that is done in honour of the cuisine.
  • The bottom of the jollof rice pot is more delicious compared to the top.
  • Homemade jollof is not as delicious as the party made jollof rice because it is over spiced with lots of condiments.
  • Jollof rice is better eaten when hot, I mean steaming hot.

Additional information culled from The Guardian Nigeria

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