Aunty Ngozi’s Native Jollof Rice

Hmmm, native jollof rice…this recipe is yum! When I was younger, we had 4 aunties staying with us. 2 from my mother’s side, 2 from my father’s side. When left to their own devices in the kitchen (which wasn’t all the time cos my Mum can COOK!), each of them had their go to dish, a meal they could make with their eyes closed. This was Aunty Ngozi’s signature dish.

Aunty Ngozi’s Native Jollof Rice

Aunty Ngozi’s Native Jollof Rice

She called this poor man’s jollof. Looking back, I wonder why. Considering everything she put in the rice, she was supposed to call it Designer Rice or something ostentatious. My recipe doesn’t do hers any justice. She would use dried prawns, cowskin, dried cod, smoked fish, tripe and assorted offals, and chopped snails!!! At the end of the day, she would call it poor man’s jollof rice. LOL. I can’t laugh o.

dried prawns

Dried Prawns

If the above is Aunty Ngozi’s version of poor man rice, God only knows what would have qualified as the rich man version. Kudos to her, the pot always emptied out fast, and everyone would wander into the kitchen asking for more. She would tell us meals like these were better in “just enough” quantities. As I type this now, nostalgia is flowing in. I remember she also made a killer French Toast…one of these days.

nigerian jollof rice

Nigerian Jollof Rice

There are some meals which mere words cannot decribe. If you’ve ever tasted Ofe Akwu, then you know what this rice tastes like. Still, it’s better experienced. This is one of those recipes that make you realise Naija get food sha! Let’s go! I will show you how to make Jollof Rice now.

Aunty Ngozi’s Native Jollof Rice


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1/4 cup of palm oil
  • 2 cups of dried prawns, cleaned
  • 300g of smoked fish, washed and cleaned
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 yellow peppers (ose nsukka), ground
  • 2 atarodo/scotch bonnet, ground
  • 2 tablespoons of ground, dried crayfish
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 1 handful of basil/effirin/scent leaves, chopped
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt


Wash the rice thoroughly, and cook for 10 minutes. Wash again, drain, and set aside.

Heat oil in a large pot for 1 minute, add onions.

Saute onions for 2 minutes, add tomato puree and ground peppers.

Stir for 2 minutes, add crayfish. Stir for another 2 minutes.

Add smoked fish and dried prawns, stir for 2 minutes

Add 2 cups of water, salt and stock cubes. Stir, and bring to the boil.

Add rice, stir again, and cover.

Cook till rice is done, add the chopped scent leaves. Stir, and cook for another 1 minute.


Native Jollof Rice


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