Ofada rice is a local and very popular rice in Nigeria. This ofada jollof rice is another way to enjoy ofada rice, it is normally prepared plain and pair with popular stew knowns as Ayamase or ofada stew but I prepared this like normal Nigeria jollof rice expect for the parboiling method. Cooking ofada jollof rice is slightly different from the normal jollof rice especially if you’re like me that don’t parboil the rice for jollof rice.
I parboiled the ofada rice three times to reduce the starch, the color, and smell. So if you want to try something different with ofada rice try this recipe. After the parboiling, make sure you don’t add too much water to the mixture so you don’t end up with mushy rice.
You might want to try;
- 2 Cups Uncooked ofada rice
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 Big red bell
- 1 Habanero/Rodo
- 4 Oz. tomato paste
- 2 Small Onions (divided)
- 1 Teaspoon Thyme curry, ginger, ginger, white pepper (each)
- ¼ Cup Olive oil
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Seasoning powder/cube
- Salt to taste
Clean the pepper, remove the seed and blend with one onion until smooth.
Heat the oil and sauté a half onion (diced/sliced), add thyme, curry, ginger, ginger, white pepper until fragrant don’t burn it.
Add the tomato paste and fry. Add the blended pepper mix, season with salt and seasoning powder/cube and fry until the content reduces.
While the pepper is frying continue with the rice.
Parboil the rice: Bring water to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Wash the ofada rice under cold water until it runs clear. Add the rice to the boiled water and cook for about 5 minutes, drain, and water and boil for another 5-7 minutes do this one more time, then drain and rice with cold water. This step helps to reduce the starch, smell and color.
Add the rice to the fried pepper and combine.
Add just small water almost the rice level(taste the rice and check how hard it is, this would help with how much water you need to add), season with seasoning powder/cube and salt. Add bay leaf, cover tightly cover and cook al-dente.
Add the remaining onion, butter combine, check the seasoning and continue to cook until fork fluffy or to your preference. It’s okay for the rice to burn.
Mix and serve. Enjoy.
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