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Jollof Rice with Beef Stew - Sierra Leonean Recipe

Ok, I am claiming this recipe.  Its ours, from Sierra Leone. Oh whatever, it's a West African dish and it is yummy. 

This is another dish reserved for special occasions and holidays in Sierra Leone.  Most homes would have this dish on Christmas day, with salad.  You can use any meat of your choice, however this is my beef version. So why not cook this for that special person in your life? Come on, it's valentine's day, try something different.

The ingredients I used are:

1kg beef(cut into pieces seasoned with salt and two stock cubes and cooked till its tender) 2 large brown onions( 1 sliced, blend the other together with the chilli and fresh tomatoes), 1/4 cabbage, 2 fresh tomatoes, 75g tomato paste, 3 medium sized carrots, 6 spring onions, 1 green capsicum, 1 red capsicum, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 cup vegetable oil, 1 habanero chilli, 5 beef stock cubes , 4 cups jasmine rice and 4 cups water. 
For the stew:
In a sauce pan, brown beef, then add 2 tbs tomato paste and fry for 5 minutes

Add half of the sliced onions and chopped spring onions and cook for 5 minutes

Then add half of the blended tomatoes, onions and chili cook for 10 minutes on medium heat

Then add chopped capsicum and cook for another 5 minutes

 That's the stew done.  
Now for the rice:
Scoop any excess oil from the stew into a sauce pan and use it to fry the rest of the sliced onions and carrots for 3 minutes

Then add the rest of the tomato, onions and chili blend, tomato paste, thyme, curry powder and stock cubes and fry for about 5 minutes.

Then wash and add the rice 

Then add 4 cups water and salt to taste, pop a sheet of foil over the pot and cover. Turn the heat down the the lowest setting and let it cook for 12 minutes,

Add the cabbage, mix to combine, cover and cook for 7 minutes or till the water is completely absorbed.

There you have it. Mouth watering Jollof Rice and Beef Stew.


  1. I think you have a restaurant in the works here. Yum Yum Vicky

  2. I think it will be too much work, but hey never say never. It just might happen one day. Thanks.

  3. I think you can do that it , if you want.
    There is nothing like failing when it comes to such business ideas. It's great to know that you have such talents. Good on you!!

  4. It looks mouth watering. You have just activated my taste buds. Marcel

    1. It is very delicious. Try it or you can come over at any time for some. :-)

  5. Now how you gon claim our (Ghana) dish like that!!? Lol!!! Well done - I think we should think of opening a restaurant. lol!! Love it :-)


    1. Oh well, it's from West Africa and family helps family. Yes, I think we should, get your manager to call mine. lol.

  6. My family makes jollof it's so good. My father's side has half Ghanaian.

  7. Thank you for sharing! Definitely going to try!

  8. I lived in Lagos Nigeria and learned to make my jolif rice there. We used the blender to make a sauce with tomatoes onions and red peppers. We fried our tomatoe paste until the oil was red then added the blended vegetables. We then added rice and water and Maggi cube and different spices. It all cooks together nicely at a low heat. I wonder if they end up tasting the same. I ll have to try your method.

    1. Hi Adrienne, there are slight differences in prep in different West African countries and everyone reckons theirs is the best lol. Please do. I hop you like it.

  9. Just made this recipe! I subbed shrimp for the beef! Delicious! Thank you so much for the recipes!

  10. How long does it take to prepare this recipe



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