Easy Vegan African Jollof Rice Recipe by

Jollof Rice

  • Author: Kavitha Ramaswamy
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Jollof Rice, a popular West-African dish made with rice cooked in a tomato base.



  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger & Garlic each, minced
  • 1 small Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mixed Veggies, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried Rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1 tsp Hot pepper flakes (or scotch bonnet pepper)
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Boullion Cube or paste or curry powder
  • 1/2 cup Long-grained Basmati Rice
  • 1 cup Water (adjust depending on type of rice)
  • Optional – Parsley or Cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Optional topping: Grilled Tofu or any protein of choice


  • Wash long grained rice & soak in water for 30 minutes
  • In a pan, heat oil and add ginger, garlic & onions. Saute until golden
  • Then add mixed veggies and saute few minutes
  • Add the tomato paste, boullion cube, salt, rosemary, thyme, hot pepper & mix well
  • Add the rice, water & mix well. Adjust seasoning if required
  • Cover with a lid, reduce to medium low heat
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes or until rice is well cooked
  • Fluff up with a fork, garnish with herbs if you want
  • Optionally, top off with grilled tofu or any protein of choice
  • Serve warm!
  • Category: Rice
  • Method: Pot Cooking
  • Cuisine: African

Keywords: vegan jollof rice, african recipes, rice recipes