Smoky Spiced Jollof Rice & Coconut Fried Plantain

Serves: 6 Prep: 20_mins Prep: 20_minutes Cook: 40_mins


Our Smoky Spiced Jollof Rice is inspired by the flavours of Africa. This well-loved African dish is full of flavour and perfect for those who like the kick of chilli. We've used our brown rice to up this dish's nutritional value as well as using our organic chopped tomatoes, creating a rich tomato sauce. If you really want to wow, serve this alongside crispy fried plantain for a truly authentic dish!


400g Biona Organic Brown Rice

400g can Biona Organic Chopped Tomatoes

1 red pepper

1 red onion, halved

1 garlic clove

1 scotch bonnet chilli (deseeded if you don't like it too hot)

4 tbsp Biona Organic Coconut oil

3 bay leaves

1 thyme sprig

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground black pepper

60g Biona Organic Tomato Purée

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground black pepper


For the fried plantain:

4 tbsp Biona Organic Coconut Oil

2 plantains, peeled and sliced into 1cm rounds


  1. Put the rice in a sieve, rinse thoroughly to remove the starch, then soak in clean cold water for 5 mins. Drain and par-boil the rice for 5 mins until almost cooked, then drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Blend the tomatoes, pepper, half the red onion, the garlic and chilli until smooth.
  3. Finely slice the remaining onion half. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, high-sided pan. Add the sliced onion, bay and thyme, and cook on a medium heat for 8 mins until the onion is softened and aromatic.
  4. Add the spices with 1 tsp sea salt, cook for a few mins more, then add the tomato purée and cook for 1-2 mins.
  5. Add half the tomato and pepper mix (freeze the rest for future use). Add the semi-cooked rice and mix thoroughly to coat with the sauce. Add a bit more water, turn down the heat, stir and cover with a lid for 5-10 mins until cooked through. Cooking time will depend on the type of rice, so keep checking it. Don’t worry if it catches on the bottom, this will add to the flavour. Season to taste and remove the bay leaves before serving.
  6. To cook the plantain, simply heat the coconut oil in a high-sided pan until hot. Fry the plantain, turning occasionally, for a few mins until soft and golden. Serve with the rice & green salad.

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