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Baked Jollof Rice

 
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I think I’ve mentioned my slight obsession with making the ‘perfect’ pot of jollof rice before, of how I want to make jollof that tastes just like my mom’s and how I’ve come up short so far.
I chide myself sometimes for wanting this; I try to convince myself that it’s just rice in tomato sauce, and it shouldn’t matter so much.
Yet, it’s so much more, jollof is party food; it’s celebration food – it makes me hopeful for joyful times.

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I got the idea to make baked jollof rice from this baked salsa rice recipe, cooking the rice in an oven yields the most perfect firm and fluffy rice.

I love that there isn’t a standard recipe for jollof, it’s highly adaptable, the rice and tomato sauce is just the base.
Since I’d never baked rice before and didn’t know what to expect, I chose a simple recipe, and added a dash of lime juice just before I popped it into the oven.

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Dinner: Baked Jollof Rice with roasted red cabbage

I may not be able to recreate my mom’s jollof, at this point not even my mom can recreate it, I’m afraid the taste is probably gone with my childhood.

This rice was pretty close, the texture was perfect; and the taste… perfectly savoury, tomatoey and spicy.

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