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2011-12-10 - English
Photo: John Brumskine

West African Beef Jollof Rice

4-6 servings


-1\4 cup oil
-1 1\2 pounds beef
-5 cups water
-2 onions chopped
-1 red or green pepper
-3-4 cloves garlic,minced
-3 cups long grain rice
-1\4 cup tomato paste
-2 cups chopped tomatoes
-2 carrots peeled and chopped
-1 cup green beans
-1 cup cabbage chopped
-Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add in cubed beef and brown both sides. Remove the beef to another pot and add the water. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  2. While the beef simmers, heat the oil in the first pot over medium flame. Add the onions and pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Add garlic and fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir the rice into the onions and pepper and heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste to coat the rice and give it a reddish colour. Add chopped tomatoes and let them cook down for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the beef and its simmering liquid into the rice pot and add the carrots, green beans and cabbage. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover tightly and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let rest another 10 minutes. Serve with salad.
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