Hello people of the world! Today I have for you one of the most impressive, fancy looking but easy recipes to share. The world has recently begun to awaken to the wonder that is Jollof rice. Jollof rice, a dish that is traditional to West Africa and has multiple variations across different countries is one of the most famous food exports initially from Senegal’s Wollof tribe as thieboudienne. This legendary dish has evolved into different interpretations leading to a eternal, epic, yet fun rivalry between the Ghanaian and Nigerian versions, even resulting in versions from Gambia and Liberia and even the controversial Jamie Oliver interpretation. Our goal today isn’t to end that war, but instead to throw another interesting variation into the mix. For those who have had the privilege of experiencing the deliciousness that is Jollof rice, for those who have never had Jollof rice, but want to jazz up their meals, for those who don’t really care… for anyone who can eat food, this jollof couscous recipe is for you!
Inspired by what might arguably be West Africa’s favorite rice dish: Jollof rice, this Jollof couscous is a mouth watering, quick and easy recipe that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes, and have all your guests (or just you, nothing wrong with making some good food for just yourself, I do that all the time) thinking that you are some type of kitchen genius… which you are of course. Just be careful to never claim that you have finally won the title of jollof champion, especially around West Africans. Their eternal defense of their beloved dish will not be trifled with!
- 2 cups instant couscous
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 small bell pepper or 1/2 large bell pepper
- 1 habanero pepper omit if you do not like spicy food
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 4 tbsp oil
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp chicken bullion
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt to taste
- Blend the bell pepper and habanero pepper till it is smooth and set aside.
- In a deep pan on medium heat, heat up the oil for about a minute, and saute the onions until it is translucent. Add in the tomato paste and keep sauteing for two minutes or until the tomato paste is mostly broken down. Be careful not to burn the tomato paste (turn down the heat if you need to).
- Add in the blended peppers, and keep sauteing the mixture until most of the water is evaporated, and the sauce resembles a loose paste (approximately 5 minutes).
- Stir in the bullion, thyme and bay leaf and saute for another minute.
- Pour in the broth, and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. At this point, taste the sauce for salt and adjust the seasoning to your taste.
- Take the sauce off the heat and immediately pour in the couscous. Stir to make sure the couscous is covered in the sauce, cover, and set aside.
- Let the couscous sit in the pan for about 5 minutes, and then fluff the couscous gently with two forks to distribute the mixture evenly .