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One-pot Jollof Rice

30 minute meal - Less washing-up - One-pan - Stove top meal

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We are an English and French couple both passionate about food. Before starting our trip we both worked in big restaurants, and there was no way we were going to let living in a van stop us from cooking delicious food! It has been something we’ve had to adapt to, especially finding ways to minimising gas and water usage. Cooking with only a hob or two has also been a challenge, but we’re happy to say that after a year we have fully adapted! We’ve modified our recipes, and learnt new ones along the way, all of which, up to date, are on our site.

This one pot jollof rice is a great African dish. Depending on which rice you use in the pot depends whether you are making it the Nigerian or Ghanaian way. This vegetarian jollof rice uses dried herbs and spices like curry powder as it is easier for vanlife. If you have fresh chilli’s then you can substitute these for the curry powder.

Though this is by no means a Chilean recipe, it was the rice dish we made the most in Chile by far, as it uses ingredients which are easy to find all over the country, and only requires one pan. It’s also delicious cold, so we always make double portions, to avoid having to worry about lunch the next day.

One pot jollof rice

One-pot Jollof Rice

Who doesn't love a one pan dish? This Jollof rice dish doesn't disappoint
5 from 1 vote
30 minute meal – Less washing-up – One-pan – Stove top meal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 4
Diet Vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 cup Rice
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Fresh Coriander
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tin whole Tomatoes
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Egg
  • 1 cup Creme Fraiche


  • Dice the pepper and onion, and fry in an oiled saucepan at medium heat with coriander seeds, until the onions start to brown.
  • Add thinly minced garlic, cumin powder, curry powder, tinned tomato, stock, rice and thinly sliced coriander stalks. Mix for a minute or so, then add water to cover and put the lid on.
  • Leave to cook on low heat stirring every 3 minutes or so.
  • After 10 minutes the rice should be almost cooked (hard but no longer crunchy). Make sure there is not too much liquid left, the top of the rice should be out of the liquid.
  • Make sure the lid is on properly, turn off the heat, and leave to sit for minimum 5 minutes, while you deal with the eggs. This will allow the rice time to soak up more of the liquid and finish cooking, without the bottom of the rice burning.
  • If you’re having eggs, fry them in a separate pan.
  • When you’re ready with the eggs, mix the chopped coriander into the rice, and plate. Serve with crème fraîche and the egg on top, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice.


Calories: 469kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 13gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 716IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 64mgIron: 2mg
Keyword african, Easy, easy prep, egg, jollof, one pan, rice, Simple, vegetarian
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