Nigerian Jollof Rice and Southern Cajun Jambalaya Fusion

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Note to self: The other day I was having major Moudi withdrawals because he had been working so much. He works at an army base at Fort Gordon and has the dreaded night shift. 😥 It’s kinda hard for me to get used to. Every time I think I’m getting the hang of it there are days where I’m an insomniac and can’t get to sleep until he’s home or after fajr when I pass out from exhaustion. Usually I end up cleaning or organizing or coming up with recipes during that time. It’s the only time my OCD has free reign and I go overboard. I ended up folding grocery bags one night just because the bags inside bags were bothering me so much. On a side note, I found an amazing way to keep them all organized into a neat storage box under the sink. A pretty neat Pinterest hack if I may say so myself.

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http://themetapicture.com/how-to-fold-a-grocery-bag-for-space-saving/

Anyways, so Moudi has this coworker who’s super nice and sweet and she mentioned how she loves rice, especially spicy rice so this recipe was born. I intended to make it so Moudi could take some to work with him for her but it was so good we ended up eating it all. ‘oops’ #OurBad #GreedyMuch? Well I guess it just means that I’ll have to make it again or come up with another variation one day! Not that I’m complaining, totally works out for me! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb chicken breasts
  • 3 hot dogs, sliced into coins (you can also substitute for sausage)
  • 5 Roma tomatoes (divided)
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger puree
  • 2 small onions (divided)
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1½ cups of white rice

Directions:

  1. In a blender add 5 Roma tomatoes, 2 red bell peppers, 2 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tsp ginger puree, 1 small onion, 1 scotch bonnet pepper and blend until pureed.
  2. Place puree into a large sauce pan over medium high heat, cover and let it cook until it’s reduced by half and most of the water is evaporated (it’ll become a thick puree, almost paste like)
  3. In the mean time in a large pot heat 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat and add 1 small onion, 3 stalks diced celery, ½ cup diced orange bell pepper and sauté for ~5 min.
  4. Add hot dogs and chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  5. Add 1 tsp thyme, ¼ tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp cajun seasoning, 1 bay leaf and coat well.
  6. Add the cooked down tomato/pepper puree, 3 cups of chicken stock, 1½ cups of white rice and mix well.
  7. Turn heat to medium low, cover and let it cook for 25-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked. (Mine took around 45 minutes)
  8. Add one sliced roma tomato, cover and let the steam cook and wilt the tomato.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    Liked by 1 person

  2. chefkreso says:

    Have to prepare this recipe for my family, I think they will love the flavours!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. foodjabi says:

      Definitely a great fusion between 2 cultures! Can’t wait for your family to try it out!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Nice. Keep it up. Please check out my blog at http://xtraordinairewoman.wordpress.com

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    1. foodjabi says:

      Thanks! Will do!

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