West African Jollof Rice made in the oven with big flavors. This is Jollof Rice made easy yet it is so tasty.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Heat up oil in a cast iron skillet on medium heat then saute onion and garlic until fragrant. About 2 minutes.
Add tomato paste and cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
Add in 3 cups of water gradually and stir well. Add ginger, paprika, white pepper, bayleaf, salt and seasoning cubes. Mix well to combine then add in the rice and mix well. Cover the skillet with aluminium foil and place in pre-heated oven.
Bake for about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
1. If you like heat in your food, be sure to add in some ground habanero pepper or chilli pepper before sticking your rice in the oven.
2. It is important that you use parboiled rice as mentioned in this recipe together with 3 cups of water. If you choose to use another kind of rice then you need to adjust the amount of liquid to suit the kind of rice.
3. You could add vegetables like chopped carrots, green beans or peas to your rice and mix as soon as it is out of the oven.
4. This is a vegan dish when eaten on its own. However, I love serving it with some grilled chicken.