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Bulgar Wheat Jollof and Roasted Suya Chickpeas

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Bulgar Jollof + Suya Chickpeas
Bulgar Jollof + Suya Chickpeas

A delicious recipe you wouldn’t even realise is vegan! This dish is packed with flavour and leaves you feeling full without the sluggishness that comes after your typical main meal.

Bulgar Jollof + Suya Chickpeas

Jollof is a common West African dish that comprises of rice cooked in a rich and spicy tomato sauce. You will find different variations of this common dish in different West African countries and in different homes. For example, in Nigeria, long grain parboiled rice is used in cooking whereas Ghanaians typically cook this party food using basmati or jasmine rice. Regardless of the version cooked, overall this dish is delicious!

To “healthify” jollof a bit, we used bulgar wheat, a cereal made with dried, cracked wheat which is harvested in many African countries. Bulgar wheat is packed with vitamins and minerals such as Iron, vitamin B6 and Folate. It’s also known to improve digestion, support healthy blood sugar and contribute towards weight loss when eaten in a regulated quantity due to its filling, high-fibre nature.

Suya is a West African spice made from ground peanuts, chillis and other ingredients, such as ginger. It definitely comes with a punch and is typically sprinkled onto grilled meats such as chicken or beef. In this recipe, we sprinkled suya onto roasted chickpeas just to give the widely eaten legume an added West African dish.

We served the jollof and roasted chickpeas with sautéed veggies just for some extra flavour and texture. Overall, this nutrient and fibre-packed dish made for the perfect nutritious lunch on a busy weekday! Without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Bulgar Wheat Jollof + Roasted Suya Chickpeas

Servings 4 servings
Calories 418 kcal


Bulgar Wheat Jollof

  • 1.5 cups raw bulgarium wheat
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 and a half onions
  • 3 small chillis
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Roasted Suya Chickpeas

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp suya powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Sautéed Veggies

  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 3 large handfuls sugar snap peas
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 garlic clove


Bulgar Jollof

  • Blend your tomatoes, chillis, ginger, garlic and 1 chopped onion until smooth.
  • Add your oil to a medium/large-sized pot and add half a sliced onion. Cook until soft.
  • Add your blended mixture. Add your thyme and salt and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Wash your bulgarum wheat and add to the tomato mixture with water. Cover and cook until bulgarium wheat is soft. (Roughly 20 minutes).

Roasted Suya Chickpeas

  • Drain and dry your chickpeas and lay them on a baking tray.
  • Add your oil, suya powder and salt to taste and mix until all chickpeas are coated evenly.
  • Place in the oven to cook for about 15 minutes.

Sautéed Veggies

  • Slice your veggies and crush/chop your garlic into small pieces.
  • In a pan, add your oil and sauté your veggies in the garlic until softened. Serve with your jollof and chickpeas. Enjoy!


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 13gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gSodium: 37mgPotassium: 745mgFiber: 10gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1255IUVitamin C: 68mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
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Bulgar Jollof and Suya Chickpeas

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