Vegan and Plant-based Vegetable Jollof Rice

Vegan and Plant-based Vegetable Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a staple Nigerian dish. This recipe is one of my more uncomplicated version for vegan vegetable jollof rice. 

I’ll tell you officially that there is no such thing as an authentic Nigerian Jollof (or orange rice, according to my son) rice recipe.

At least not to me.

In saying that, rice, tomatoes, onions, meat or chicken stock/broth are always used. If you’re vegan, I won’t recommend eating it in at a non-vegan party or restaurant unless the chef confirms that the recipe doesn’t include meat or chicken broth.

There are so many tribes in Nigeria, and as you would expect, every household has a slightly different way of doing things.

My mum’s recipe, for example, is very different from mine. She’s not very keen on garlic, so she leaves it out and uses a whole load of onions.

I do not like onions, but I love the flavour it adds to food. I tend to add as little as I can get away with to give me the taste I need, but since I adore garlic, I use as much of it as I can without allowing it to overpower my recipe.

I’ve seen recipes that include curry powder, premixed spices, exotic herbs and a whole load of other ingredients. It goes without saying that no two recipes are identical. I, in fact, have four recipes for jollof rice.

They’ve all come about by accident, and have primarily been created based on who I’m cooking for and how much time I had at the time.

I have one recipe for my kids, one for myself when I don’t have time, one for when I have time, and one for when I want to go all out for guests or occasions.


I will share all of these recipes with you over time; you’ll have to wait for them. Because common, there’s no fun in telling you everything in one post, is there? Plus I’m sure it will be information overload anyway.

Today, I will share the recipe I usually make for myself when I don’t have time. I’ve made this recipe family-friendly by leaving out the chilli, but feel free to add some if you wish. My kids go back and forth with herbs and spices in food. Some days they’re okay, other days they won’t have it. In saying that, they enjoy this recipe with me very often.

Basmati rice (white or brown) is my go-to for this particular recipe because it soaks up all the flavours in the tomato sauce very quickly. Other types of rice like short grain and long grain rice will work okay, but you may not get the flavour intensity that is possible since the sauce will only coat the surface of the rice.

Short and long grain rice work much better in my more complicated recipes because the rice cooks in the tomato sauce and has enough time to soak up the flavours. You’ll see what I mean when I post those recipes.

I use oil in this recipe, but you can leave it out if you wish.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the brands of ingredients I use. I’ve mentioned before that I get all my groceries from Tesco, so I’ve included links within my ingredient list to the exact items I’ve used for this recipe.

Let’s get into it already, shall we?


Vegan and Plant-based Vegetable Jollof Rice

  • Author: somiigbene
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


Jollof rice is a staple Nigerian dish. This recipe is one of my more uncomplicated version for vegan vegetable jollof rice.




  1. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet and then set aside, keeping it warm.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium heat, once warm, add the garlic and onions. Sweat for 1-2 minutes until they’re soft without burning them. Add the frozen mixed vegetables and thyme and stir-fry for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the tomato puree and vegetable stock cube with a tiny splash of water and cook without a lid for 6-7 minutes on a simmer stirring often. You want to end up with a slightly dry tomato sauce.
  3. Add the basmati rice, a little at a time to the sauce. Stir well each time, make sure the all of the rice is evenly coated with the sauce before adding more rice. Continue until you’ve used up all of the rice.
  4. Take the pan off the heat then serve with steamed broccoli. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if you wish. You can also enjoy this with beans, tofu, tempeh or any other protein of your choosing.

  • Category: Lunch/Dinner

Keywords: Jollof Rice



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