Party Style Jollof Rice


Step into a world of celebration with Party Style Jollof Rice, a vibrant and festive version of the classic West African dish. This recipe elevates the traditional Jollof Rice with richer flavors and a more luxurious presentation, making it the star of any gathering or special occasion.

Party Style Jollof Rice

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8
  • Serving Size: 1 generous scoop per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 500 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Long grain parboiled rice: 4 cups (720 g or 25.4 oz)
  • Tomatoes, blended: 6 large
  • Red bell peppers, blended: 3
  • Onion, finely chopped: 2 large
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 5
  • Scotch bonnet peppers, finely chopped: 2-3 (adjust to taste)
  • Tomato paste: 3 tbsp (45 g or 1.6 oz)
  • Chicken or vegetable broth: 5 cups (1.2 liters or 40 oz)
  • Thyme: 2 tsp
  • Curry powder: 3 tsp
  • Bay leaves: 3
  • Salt and pepper: To taste
  • Vegetable oil: 1/4 cup (60 ml or 2 oz)
  • Mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn): 1 cup (150 g or 5.3 oz)
  • Smoked fish or chicken (optional): As desired
  • Butter: 2 tbsp (30 g or 1 oz)

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Tomato Mixture: Blend the tomatoes, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers until smooth.
  2. Cook the Base: In a large pot, heat oil and sauté one onion and garlic. Add tomato paste, blended mixture, thyme, curry powder, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cook until thickened.
  3. Cook the Rice: Wash the rice until the water runs clear. Add rice to the pot and stir. Pour in the broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 40-50 minutes.
  4. Add Vegetables and Protein: Stir in mixed vegetables and smoked fish or chicken. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Finish with Butter: Once the rice is cooked, stir in butter for a rich finish.
  6. Serve: Adjust seasonings, fluff the rice, and serve as part of a festive meal.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Layering Flavors: Build layers of flavor by cooking the tomato mixture until it's deeply concentrated.
  • Rice Texture: Ensure the rice is fluffy and not mushy; avoid stirring too often.
  • Presentation: Garnish with fresh herbs or sliced onions for a festive look.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

Use vegetable broth and omit the fish or chicken, adding more vegetables if desired.

Can I make Party Style Jollof Rice ahead of time?

Yes, it reheats well. Store in the refrigerator and reheat gently.

What can I serve with this dish?

It pairs well with grilled meats, salads, and fried plantains.