Coconut Jollof Rice


Embark on a culinary journey with Coconut Jollof Rice, where the traditional West African jollof rice meets the creamy richness of coconut. This dish combines the spicy, savory flavors of jollof rice with the sweet, nutty essence of coconut, creating a delightful fusion that's both exotic and comforting.

Coconut Jollof Rice

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 cup (240 ml) per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 370 kcal
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 400 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Long grain parboiled rice: 3 cups (540 g or 19 oz)
  • Coconut milk: 1 can (400 ml or 13.5 oz)
  • Tomatoes, blended: 4 large
  • Red bell peppers, blended: 2
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 large
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 4
  • Scotch bonnet peppers, finely chopped: 1-2 (adjust to taste)
  • Tomato paste: 2 tbsp (30 g or 1 oz)
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: 2 cups (480 ml or 16 oz)
  • Thyme: 1 tsp
  • Curry powder: 2 tsp
  • Bay leaves: 2
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Vegetable oil: 3 tbsp (45 ml or 1.5 oz)

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Tomato Mixture: Blend the tomatoes and bell peppers until smooth.
  2. Cook the Base: In a large pot, heat oil and sauté the onion and garlic. Add tomato paste, blended mixture, thyme, curry powder, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cook until the mixture thickens.
  3. Cook the Rice with Coconut Milk: Wash the rice until water runs clear. Add rice to the pot. Stir in coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  4. Serve: Fluff the rice, remove bay leaves, and serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Quality of Coconut Milk: Use full-fat coconut milk for the best flavor and creaminess.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the scotch bonnet peppers according to your heat preference.
  • Avoid Stirring Too Much: To prevent the rice from getting mushy, avoid stirring it excessively while cooking.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I add vegetables or protein to this dish?

Yes, feel free to add cooked chicken, shrimp, or mixed vegetables.

What can I serve with Coconut Jollof Rice?

It pairs well with grilled meats or a simple side salad.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.