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Happy St. Patrick’s Day..ok so most of you are probably thinking of Colcannon, Shephard’s Pie & Soda Bread….but Irish cuisine has evolved over the last few decades and even pub food in Dublin will include global influences. So how about trying this African tomato rice to celebrate St. Patrick today?
This post has been in my drafts folder for over a year. I have made this many times, but never took photos, etc. and then I was all ready to FINALLY do it for the blogging mega marathon in September, when we blogged by alphabet. However, with all the musical chairs my recipes played as I juggled with the required themes, this recipe got eliminated again. Again, with the African theme a few months ago, it got shortlisted.
This week’s theme is presenting the same food of different countries. For example, just about every country in the world has a version of rice pudding. However, I’ve already done so much rice pudding on this blog, I wanted to do something else. Tomato Rice was my decision.
Joloff Rice is a very common food to the cuisines of Northwestern Africa – countries like Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria and Gambia. They all lay claim to the origin of this dish. Many countries have a form of this dish – rice cooked with some type of tomato product, sometimes with meat, making it a one-pot meal:
In Mexico, it is simply called Tomato Rice
In New Orleans, it is Jambalaya
In Greece, it is Manestra (although the rice is substituted with orzo in this version)
Here is Northwest Africa’s version of Tomato Rice.
- 1 tablespoon palm oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 cups long grain rice
- 4 1/2 cups water or chicken broth
- 5 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tomatoes, chopped
- 5 small chiles, finely chopped
- salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- tomato slices, garnish
In a large pot, heat oil. Add chopped tomato and chiles. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until tomatoes start to soften. Add water,3 tablespoons of the tomato paste, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil.
Add rice. Bring to a boil again. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.
Add the remaining tomato paste and stir to combine.
Enjoy this flavorful rice with any accompanying meat and/or vegetable dish.
…linking to In My Veg Box – Tomatoes