I love Valentine’s day for many reasons, one of them is the fact that I can express my love and emotion in creative ways and I will not be referred to as the mushy one, especially since I never tap into my emotional side.

Cooking on the other hand has become my fave means of expressing emotions and feelings, and since it’s Valentine’s day, I cannot think of a better way to show the Mr some love without breaking the bank. The next step is figuring out what to cook that will stand out but also leave a lasting impression and as much as it might seem like a herculean task, Jollof Rice is the answer.

Obviously because it is almost everyone’s favourite meal and if you cook it right, it might just be enough reason to convince him you are a keeper!
So I hope this recipe on making jollove rice as i prefer to call it makes you feel excited about cooking as much as it makes me.

RECIPE

2 cups of rice or more
1 can of tomato paste
2 medium sized onion (sliced) 1 teaspoon of curry
2 cubes of Suppy

Chicken/ turkey / prawns
Blended pepper, tomatoes and onions 1 cup of vegetable oil

ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

a teaspoon of affection
a pinch of emotion
Heavy dose of love portion heart filled happiness to taste

METHOD

  • Prepare the tomato sauce by cooking the blended pepper, tomatoes and onion, suppy cubes, salt, tomato paste and sliced onions add till the excess water dries.
  • Parboil the rice by washing and cooking for 10- 15 minutes
  • Add the drained parboiled rice to the tomato stew and three spoons of vegetable oil.
  • Add curry powder, thyme and salt to taste. The water level should be proportional to the rice content in the pot. This is to ensure that all the water dries up immediately the rice is cooked.
  • Cover the pot and leave to cook on low to medium heat. This way the rice does not burn before the water dries up.
  • After the water dries up, taste to confirm it is cooked. If not, you will need to add more water and reduce the heat to prevent burning. Keep cooking till done.

You can serve with salad, turkey, chicken or jumbo prawns.

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