Exposure Eats: Naana’s Ghanaian jollof rice

May 4, 2021

Naana prepares jollof rice

Naana shares her family’s version of a West African inspired dish

I’m from Ghana and I’ve been inspired by what my family cook on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy making it.

1 tin tomatoes/passata
1 small can tomato puree
1 can mixed vegetables/tinned peas/sweetcorn, drained
1 fresh red chilli, seeds removed or 1 tsp. chilli powder
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 inch piece of ginger, grated
2 tsps. ground coriander
2 tsps. curry powder
2 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable)
500g/1lb 2oz long grain rice, rinsed
6 tbsps. sunflower oil
350ml water

Roughly chop the onions and add onions and 2 tablespoons of oil to a blender and pulse until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl (if you do not have a blender, just finely chop the onion)

Add the tinned tomatoes/passata, tomato paste, and chilli pepper to the blender, and pulse until smooth (Leave this out if you do not have a blender)

Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan/pot over medium heat and add the onion puree and cook until the water has cooked out and the puree is starting to brown, about 10 minutes

Stir in the tomato puree and add all the spices and stock cubes. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the stew has reduced by half and is deep red in colour

Add the rice, mixed vegetables, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with foil and a lid. Cook over a very low heat for another 20-30 minutes, until the rice is cooked through and the liquid has absorbed.

Naana’s Ghanaian jollof rice: rice and spice and all things nice!

In response to the pandemic, BreadnButter has established an emergency food hub for Barnet and Edmonton, producing and distributing free Meal Kits. With help from Exposure, BreadnButter has launched an accompanying YouTube channel – run by local youth – showing how to make the meals.

For more details of the project contact enquiries @ breadnbutter.org.uk.

In partnership with BreadnButter, a social enterprise that teaches the basic life skills of cooking and sustainable healthy independent living.