Nigerian Jollof rice is bae. It started out as a dish native to some of the West African countries like Nigeria and Ghana, but it is fast becoming an international delicacy. For Nigerians, it will always remain a national pride and a MUST at every party.
However, Jollof rice experiences aren’t created equal.
If Nigerian Jollof isn’t in your good books yet, it could be because you haven’t found your perfect combo.
Whether you’re a Jollof devotee or skeptic, we’ve rounded up flavorful Jollof combos that will make you jubilant and swell with gratitude for the delicious gift of jollof rice.
1.Nigerian Jollof Rice with Dodo (Fried Plantain): The classic and traditional way to eat jollof
Some prefer their plantain soft and overripe. Others like theirs golden brown and just ripe enough. But in any case, jollof rice and dodo is like playing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the same football team— the mere thought of it sends your excitement through the roof.
2. Jollof with Coleslaw: You can’t go wrong with this one
This combo makes one wanna…
Now, coleslaws come in different forms. But for the best experience, make sure your coleslaw includes shredded carrots and cabbage. Slather it with mayonnaise. And serve chilled. The rest is extra.
3. Jollof and Ice Cream: Some people swear by this
I don’t understand this combo either. It seems like the act of the man who rightly recognizes that life is too short to save the jolification for later.
4. Jollof Rice with Suya Spice: A well-kept secret
If you love Suya (beef or lamb filets grilled over charcoal)— the legendary Nigerian street food— try this one out and thank me later.
5. Jollof with Honey Beans: This combo doesn’t get enough credit.
I’m a die-hard bean lover, so there’s some bias here. But you really don’t have to be a bean lover to appreciate this combo. It’s good stuff.
6. Nigerian Jollof with Moi Moi (Bean Cake): Oldie but goodie
This is another traditional combo that’s been with us for ages. It’s a great option if you want something tasty and healthy.
7. Nkwobi Jollof: I can only imagine
Nkwobi is a southeastern delicacy made from cow foot. I’ve had Nkwobi before—and it was lovely—but not Nkwobi Jollof. Nkwobi Jollof is only popular among Igbo Nigerians.
8. Jollof Rice with Efo Riro: Mostly for conservative adults
I love efo riro, but this combination arouses my inner skeptic, too. Honestly, I don’t see myself trying it. But you might be one of the weird ones =)
9. Jollof Rice with Ketchup: One for days where there’s no topper
If you’re too lazy to cook extra toppings, ketchup is a fantastic topper for a more flavorful jollof rice meal. If you like ketchup, then you can hurt yourself with this one.
10. Jollof Rice with Hot Sauce: Spice things up even more (pun intended)
If you crave the heat of a good hot sauce, then add a bit of it to your Jollof to enjoy the best of both worlds.
And that’s it!
Which combo was your favorite? Which did I leave out? Which was the weirdest? And which one will you try?