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Benachin

West Africa

30 minutes

Benachin, also known as Jollof rice, is a classic rice dish from West Africa and is definitely reminiscent of paella or risotto. Due to the addition of tomatoes, this rice is colored red and is also called “red rice”.

All you need to prepare the benachin is a large pan and a little time.

Benachin, also known as Jollof rice, is a classic rice dish from West Africa and is definitely reminiscent of paella or risotto. Due to the addition of tomatoes, this rice is colored red and is also called “red rice”.

All you need to prepare the benachin is a large pan and a little time.

At the moment I'm a little more interested in African cuisine and a few days ago I felt like trying itNigerian Suya skewerstry it out yourself. However, I was still missing a suitable supplement. Since I went to a Ghanaian restaurant on my restaurant tour through Düsseldorf and ate Jollof rice there, this was a good option for me to try this African rice dish myself.

Benachin, or Jollof, as the rice dish is called in English, is widespread in West Africa and is often varied flexibly. The base is usually rice, tomatoes (paste), sweet potatoes and cassava, which is another name for cassava. Since I didn't have the latter on hand, I modified the dish slightly, with a very tasty result. Have fun cooking.

Ingredients for the Jollof rice

  • 250 grams of long grain rice
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2-3 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 TL Thyme
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 250 ml vegetable broth
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste
  • oil, salt and pepper

At the end of the article you will find the recipe to print out.

Preparation of the Benachin / Jollof Rice

Preparing Jollof rice is really very simple and does not require any special skills. The preparation actually works like paella or risotto.

1.Wash the rice and, to prepare it, first peel the vegetables and cut them into small cubes.

2.Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and fry the onions, garlic, peppers, chili, carrots and sweet potato cubes. Then stir in the tomato paste.

3.After about 5 minutes, add the still raw rice and fry it briefly in the pan. The rice will become slightly transparent.

4.Now stir in the tomato pieces and the vegetable stock and let everything simmer together over low heat until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is cooked through. You may need to add some more water. Shortly before the end of the cooking time, add the spices and taste everything together again.

Benachin / Jollof Reis – My conclusion

Voila, the West African rice dish is ready. It is easy to cook and tastes wonderful as a side dish, for exampleNigerian Suya skewers. Admittedly, jollof rice may not be as special as Europeans imagine West African food to be, but good things don't always have to be unusual.

What do you think of the Jollof rice? Have you ever eaten this? And what is your opinion on African food? Please leave me your ideas and opinions in the comments.

By the way: If you're looking for more delicacies from our neighboring continent, take a look at mineAfrican recipes.

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Benachin - Jollof Rice Recipe

Benachin, also known as Jollof rice, is a classic rice dish from West Africa and is definitely reminiscent of paella or risotto. Due to the addition of tomatoes, this rice is colored red and is also called “red rice”.

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Preparation time15minutes Min.

Preparation time15minutes Min.

total time30minutes Min.

TargetedMain course, vegetarian

KitchenAfrica, West Africa

portions2 persons

Calories425 kcal

Cooking utensils

  • Pfanne

Ingredients

  • 250 Gramm Langkorn trip
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1-3 TL Paprika powder
  • 2 TL Thymian
  • 1 Chili pepper
  • 250 ml Vegetable broth
  • 2-3 HE Tomato paste
  • oil, salt and pepper

Instructions

  • To prepare it, wash the rice and first peel the vegetables and cut them into small cubes.

  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and fry the onions, garlic, peppers, chili, carrots and sweet potato cubes. Then stir in the tomato paste.

  • After about 5 minutes, add the still raw rice and fry it briefly in the pan. The rice will become slightly transparent.

  • Now stir in the tomato pieces and the vegetable stock and let everything simmer together over low heat until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is cooked through. You may need to add some more water. Shortly before the end of the cooking time, add the spices and taste everything together again.

KeywordAfrican, rice, risotto

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  1. Uli 🙋🏼‍♀️ on September 19, 2023 at 10:19 p.m

    What also fits in very well is Suya. My favorite chef James from Mali mixes it himself with lots of ground peanuts - super tasty with almost everything. We make Habanero as a separate sauce and everyone can dose it themselves.

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    • Henrik on September 22, 2023 at 1:47 p.m

      A good idea, sounds delicious :)

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  2. Aisha am 27. May 2020 um 9:30

    With all my love, this is NOT a Jollof! Sweet potato? In Jollof? Blasphemy…!

    There are wonderful instructions from people on YouTube, for example: B. from Ghana or Nigeria who will show you this.

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    • Henrik am 27. May 2020 um 13:07

      Hey Aisha,

      It's a shame you don't like it. What is Jollof for you?
      I think that Benachin, as this recipe is called, or Jollof, which is another common name for it, is not a standard dish but just a basic recipe that everyone can adapt to their own needs.
      Wikipedia, among others, says: “In addition to rice and tomato paste, Benachin usually contains cassava, which is the name commonly used in West Africa for cassava, as well as sweet potatoes (batate).” So sweet potatoes don't seem to be that unusual after all.

      As Terry and Julian have already written in the comments, the great thing about Jollof is that you can vary and adapt the recipe so wonderfully.
      If you want, you are welcome to share your Jollof recipe here 🙂

      greeting
      Henrik and Pragya

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  3. Anonymous on January 20, 2020 at 9:28 p.m

    Hey I just wanted to say that jolof rice is from Senegambia and the jolof is wolof and is one in Gambia and Senegal.

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  4. Terry on January 24, 2019 at 8:40

    Cooked with ginger and akpi, it tastes really good!
    LG

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    • Henrik on January 24, 2019 at 1:11 p.m

      Hey Terry,

      thanks for the tip 🙂

      Answer

      • Julian am 30. November 2019 at 22:38

        Hey, I always make jollof rice with a mixed puree made from scotch bonnet chilli or habanero. Red peppers and fresh tomatoes.

        Of course, you can't miss sautéing red onions and tomato paste beforehand, but I think the scotch bonnets or habaneros make a huge difference when it comes to the fruity, spicy aroma.

        Found the recipe from a Nigerian woman on YouTube.

        But when it comes to jollof rice, everyone has their own variation, which I think is very good.

        Lg

      • Henrik on December 2, 2019 at 11:16 am

        Hey Julian,

        I completely agree. Jollof is great for testing out a few variations. Your version is probably a bit too spicy for some people, but I'll definitely try it out soon. I can eat spicy food 😀

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