Even though this post is titled Jollof Rice "according to My husband", I worked this food all by myself (see how I take pride in that? Yeah that's the inner competitive wife talking). It is only "according to him" because it's his style I used - Mr. Punch DOES NOT BLEND TOMATOES! So for this I used canned diced tomatoes.
Not to sound like I still think this not-blending-tomatoes is weird but in the early days of Mr. Punch and I, I could never wrap my head around that. I mean, I grew up knowing that except tomatoes in burgers, suya or eggs, tomatoes should be blended. So eventually I decided to give his style a shot, that was almost 4 years ago and since then Mr. Punch and I have never blended tomatoes.
The No-Blending-Tomatoes life is the new way of life in this my Long distance marriage life.
So here is what Jollof Rice according to Mr. Punch looks like;
- Wash the rice, parboil it and keep it aside.
- Cut your Onions, Hot Peppers and Red Bell Peppers.
- Heat up groundnut oil for a bit then put in your onions and hot peppers.
- Add salt, maggi and garlic to the oil with onions and peppers already in the fire.
- Add in your diced tomatoes.
- Taste to see if the spices are okay according to your tongue. Put more if needed.
- Turn fire down to medium and let it fry for about 25 mins.
- Wash the beef and boil with spices.
- After the beef is boiled, take a few and chop them into bit. Add the chopped meat into the frying tomatoes. Put the rest meat in the oven and bake/broil with Onions, Peppers and very tiny oil.
- Boil the rice on low heat in the meat stock (the water from boiling the meat). Do this for a bit and set aside till the tomatoes are ready - we do not want the rice fully cooked before the fried tomatoes are added.
- When tomatoes are ready (taste it and let your tongue judge), pour into the not-fully-cooked-rice and mix.
- Then put in the oven and bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Keep checking and mixing if need be while it bakes.
- Chop your plantains in any shape you like.
- Put oil in frying pan for about 5 minuets, till oil is hot.
- Add your cut plantains and fry till brownish red but NOT BLACK!
- Keep a close eye on this and flip sides of the plantains while on fire to fry the un-fried side.
Be dramatic like me, use highly unrelated sticks and add steamed vegetables on the side.
According to how fast this Jollof rice finished in the house, I think Mr. Punch and I can agree I nailed this one. We have not had Jollof rice regularly for a long time an now having this food back on our menu is all sorts of exciting. We keep tweaking a lot of things and trying different styles. Sometimes we adopt the hit or miss strategy and if it's a miss, the person that cooked it get's LAUGHED at hysterically. And if the other party decides to be a little bit mean, we never drop the subject.
Happy new month!! To my darling 4 followers (and those that just randomly stop by) I pray November brings you goodies from God. I pray your greatest testimonies of the 2013 would be packaged in these last 2 months!