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Smoky Jollof Rice without Firewood

All you fellow smoky jollof flavour hunters get in here because it’s going to be a Smoky Jollof Rice Christmas this year. I have just the ingredient for you. So no more cooking burnt rice in the name of Smoky Jollof Rice. No more breathing in firewood smoke because you want to prepare Smoky Jollof. I don’t even want to mention all the other acrobatics we get up to in our kitchens for the smoky flavour. We have become a generation of “anything for the Smoky Jollof”! 😀

smoky party jollof rice


  • 2 cups (400g) long grain parboiled rice
  • 1.2kg (2.6lbs) hard chicken (hen)
  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • 3 tatashe peppers
  • 2 onions
  • A medium piece of ginger
  • 1 cup (200g) tomato paste
  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying the tomatoes
  • 2 Knorr cubes
  • 1 habanero pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder (Nigerian curry powder)
  • 5 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Watch the video below for details of how to prepare it including how to prepare Jollof Rice from scratch such that it is yori yori, well done, not be soggy and not burnt. If you can’t watch the video, click here for the written recipe.


  1. Illikannu Donald says


  2. You are indeed a great woman.i just want to say THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH.I just got my Smoky liquid today all thanks to u for making us know am really greatful.

  3. I thought as much! Because all jollof rice we order from caterers now have the smoky taste! I am going to tell my SIL, since she is the one hosting the Christmas family party.
    Merry Christmas.

    • Hi Nitty! This must be their secret over there in the States because even Nigerian caterers mostly no longer cook with firewood not to talk of those in the States. Merry Christmas to you and yours. <3

  4. Aunty Flo, please I need this liquid smoke asap. Can you buy and send to me? Please please please

  5. I need this liquid smoke for Xmas jollof rice biko

  6. Adadioranma says

    You would not believe this but in U.S, you can find it in some of your local store like walmart, farmers in the Barbercue sauce section. I tried it out and it was good.
    Thank you for the liquid smoke

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