Welcome to The Storied Recipe! I host a unique podcast where every guest gives me a recipe that's significant to their culture, life, and memories. I make, photograph, and share the recipe with you. I invite you to listen to Ify's story as you make her Jollof Rice.
I'll admit trepidation as share a Jollof Rice recipe. This is a classic Nigerian dish that is served throughout West Africa. Like every recipe that any culture holds close to its heart, there is a great deal of passion and competition among nations and families regarding the "best" Nigerian Jollof Rice recipe. But as Ify diplomatically says, "The best one is the one you eat at home." Well said, Ify! 😉 And this recipe is the one Ify and her family have made for Ify's whole life.
No matter to which nation or version of Jollof Rice one's loyalties lie, everyone agrees that this is a delicious rice dish, made flavorful by slowly steaming the rice in a rich, spicy tomato broth. It has actually been submitted here on The Storied Recipe before, by another guest (Liz Zunon), in an entirely different form and name - Riz au Gras is the Ivorian name that Liz gave me for her version of the dish. Both times I've made the recipe, my family has loved it, eaten seconds, and asked that I make it again. That's a recipe worth try!
Episodes Related to This Jollof Rice Recipe:
Episode 046: Jollof Rice with Ify Ogbue
Follow The Storied Recipe in Your Favorite Player
How to contact Ify Ogbue