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Jollof Rice!

During this year’s Doctoral Wellbeing Fortnight, we asked Doctoral Researchers to contribute towards our PHooD blog series (PhD + Food = PHooD!) by sharing their ‘go-to’ recipes that are tasty and either quick to make and/or nutritious and/or cheap and/or comforting… enjoy!

Jollof Rice – Recipe by Tunmike Olowe

For more of Tunmike’s delicious recipes check out their Instagram food page @fooddairy_staysafe!


  • 1 cup of Golden Sella basmati rice
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 scotch bonnet (optional)
  • 2 onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • 1tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1tbsp of olive/vegetable oil
  • Curry, salt, thyme, stock cubes (to taste)
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • Beef or chicken broth (to taste)


  1. Rinse basmati rice and set aside
  2. Blend tomatoes, 1 onion, scotch bonnet, garlic, and red pepper (blended pepper mix)
  3. Add 1tbsp of oil to a saucepan. Add in chopped onions and tomato puree (allow to fry till onion is caramelised).
  4. Add in blended pepper mix and broth
  5. Add in half a cup of water and season to satisfaction (allow the sauce to be tasty as the rice will soak it up)
  6. Allow the sauce mixture to boil for 5 mins
  7. Add in the rice and cook for 15mins on medium heat
  8. Reduce heat to low level and allow the steam to cook the rice for another 15mins
  9. Serve the Jollof rice with salad and choice of protein
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