When was the last time you had Jollof rice, have you ever wondered about where it originated from?
Some of us believe the famous, most amazing meal, and the most anticipated meal that in a normal Nigerian party (move aside small chops!), originated in Nigeria. We take so much pride in this culinary wonder and have been battling it fiercely with Ghana. We will not bow! We can beat our chests and say that we have the best jollof rice on the continent – CASE CLOSED
Jollof rice is believed to have originated in the Senegambia region of West Africa among the Wolof people, where it is known as “theibou dienne” or “benachin.”
Since then, it has spread throughout the entire western region. Fast forward to today, jollof rice is consumed in Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Cameroon, Mali and of course our very own Nigeria.
The rich reddish-orange colour, texture, it’s signature smoky firewood aroma together with any of the side dishes listed above, makes the amazing jollof rice so irresistible! But guess what, neither Nigeria nor Ghana owns the bragging rights as the originators of jollof rice.
Jollof comes in a number of varieties. However, the main ingredients are constant; rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, salt, chilli peppers, spices, (bay leaves, turmeric, thyme nutmeg, ginger, cumin and more). Everyone claims to have a secret ingredient or process that makes theirs extra special. What’s yours?
Despite the many varieties, Jollof has become a fave in the international community and it is arguably the best known African dish outside the continent. If we ever have one flag for Africa, Jollof will sure feature in it.
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