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How To Make West African Jollof Rice and Chicken

How To Make West African Jollof Rice and Chicken

Chef Eros, aka @thebillionairechef, combines jollof rice recipes from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal to create the ultimate feud-ending jollof recipe.

Chef Tolu Eros, also known as @thebillionairechef on his socials, is a chef from Lagos, Nigeria. While the earliest known jollof recipe hails from the Wolof people in Senegal, Chef Eros likes to call his jollof recipe “Unity Rice”, striving to end the Jollof wars between Ghana and Nigeria, where their feuding recipes are often put against each other for their differences. The dish itself has transcended across most of West Africa, so Eros’ Unity Rice is the bridge between the countries, combining different ingredients and different cooking methods all in one pot. 

While I was growing up, My grandmother had a restaurant in Surulere, Lagos, and I would go over there and have some of her local food, including her staple Jollof dish. None of my memories of the dish stuck out to me until I started making it myself, and I had to learn how to make it over the phone while I was at university. I think it’s essential that these original recipes are kept as they are, so that they can be a good reference point for cooks. But as time changes, and as cuisines transcend from culture to culture and country to country, we need to allow for a certain level of adaptation. There are already so many different variations of the same dish, and it’s so comforting to eat, and when you’ve got guests over, it’s a great way to show people where you’re from.

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West African Jollof Rice Recipe

  • Author: Chef Tolu Eros



For the tomato base: 

2 cans of diced tomatoes 

1 large onion

2 habanero chilis

3 large red bell peppers 

Jollof base:

200ml vegetable or canola oil 

1 large onion, diced 

3 cloves garlic, chopped 

1 root ginger, chopped 

2 tbsp tomato paste 

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp dried thyme

2 tbsp bouillon cube powder 

1 tbsp salt

3 tbsp Suya pepper (optional)

Jollof rice: 

1 kg basmati rice

500ml chicken stock 

100g butter 

2 dried bay leaves


  1. Add to your blender the tomatoes, 1 onion roughly chopped, the habaneros roughly chopped (and seeds removed if desired), and the bell peppers. Add a cup of water to the blender to help the vegetables blend, and blend until smooth.

Keywords: jollof, rice, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, recipe, unity rice

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