How To Cook Jellof Rice

Served Jellof Rice

What is the first thing children tell you they want to eat when you ask them if they are hungry?

If your answer is rice, you are completely rice.

They all love it, I’ve got three younger siblings that are ready to eat rice everyday for a whole year, but dad wont approve of that.

Dorcas here, welcome to another Dee’s Mealz recipe.

Today, we will be talking about how to cook Jellof Rice

Jellof rice is the most widely cooked recipe in Nigeria.

Especially during occassion like weddings, naming ceremonies, birthday parties etc.

The steps for preparing it is quite easy.

So, let’s start cooking


  • 10 cups of rice
  • 3 cups tomato stew (combination of grounded bell, habanero and chili pepper)
  • 1 medium onion 
  • 12 seasoning cubes
  • Salt
  • 2 cups of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tablespoon of thyme
  • 2 tablespoon of curry
  • 10 pieces of bay leaves (fresh or dried)
  • 3 medium size onion
  • 7 pieces of garlic
  • Spieces (combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cow and chicken seasoning)
  • Beef Stock
Some Cooking Ingredients
Some Cooking Ingredients


Parboil, wash the rice and set aside.

Parboiled Rice
Parboiled Rice

Add the vegetable oil to your pot on heat and turn the tomato stew.

Tomato stew
Tomato stew
Vegetable oil and Tomato stew in pot
Vegetable oil and Tomato stew in pot

Add the bay leaves in the pot and mix. Allow to fry for 10-12 minutes.

Wash and slice the onions round in a bowl.

Added bay leaves
Added bay leaves

When the time is up, added the meat stock and add 3 more cups of water.

Add the seasoning cubes, salt to taste, thyme, curry and grounded garlic. Mix and allow to boil.

Cooking mixture

Add the parboiled rice to the now boiling water, mix well and allow to cook till very soft.

When the water is almost drained, add the sliced onions and allow to drain fully.

Your jellof rice is ready to be served.

Do enjoy… More Niegerian recipes on the way.

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