Coconut Jollof Rice feat. Ila Coconut Milk

Coconut jollof rice is a delicious alternative to regular jollof as it adds a unique and refreshing flavour to an already scrumptious dish. We used Ila Coconut Milk for our recipe, a delicious coconut milk brand from Ghanaian-based founder, Danielle Opoku-Akyeampong.

Ila is 100% organic and is made with just one ingredient: coconuts! There was no other coconut milk brand we would have wanted to use for this dish. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups rice
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 and a half medium onions
  • 3 tbsp concentrated tomato paste
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes/6 medium tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp garlic puree/chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger puree/crush ginger
  • 5 chillis (kpakpo shito, scotch bonnet etc.)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 bay leaves

HOW TO:

  1. In a blender, add 1 chopped onion, chillis, ginger, garlic and tinned tomatoes/chopped tomatoes. Blend until smooth.
  2. In a medium/large pot, add coconut oil and sauté half a thinly sliced onion until soft. Add tomato puree. Stir and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Add blended tomato mixture, 1/2 tsp salt, thyme, curry powder. Cover and cook on low/medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. When cooked, add rice, coconut milk, bay leaves and more salt to taste. Stir, cover and cook on a low fire for about 30-45 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Stir the rice occasionally with a fork and add water if you sense the rice is too dry.
  5. Enjoy with salad, baked kelewele, chicken or any protein of your choice!

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