Disclaimer: As I’ve talked about earlier than, should you’re a diabetic and introducing a brand new meals to your food plan, make sure that to do your individual analysis and to check the way it impacts your blood sugar. Totally different individuals react in another way to completely different meals. I've Sort 2 diabetes and my physique reacts very nicely to farro.
What’s jollof rice
Conventional jollof rice is an iconic West African dish. Along with the rice itself, widespread components for this recipe embrace contemporary or canned tomatoes, sizzling and candy peppers, quite a lot of spices and tomato paste.
This dish is usually made with scotch bonnet or poblano peppers. I solely added one scotch bonnet pepper to my model as a result of I don’t have an enormous tolerance to spicy meals. I fount it to be an ideal steadiness of warmth. When you prefer it further sizzling, be at liberty so as to add extra sizzling peppers to the recipe. Whereas researching, I additionally discovered some recipes that use cayenne pepper and sizzling chili flakes. All good choices. You do you.
Who makes the very best jollof rice?
I added this title to catch your consideration… click on bate I suppose? I’m not touching that query with a ten foot pole! 😂
You see… I believe this query is much like my expertise rising up within the Azores. Many properties make related recipes, with the identical names and principally the identical components; and (shock, shock) everybody claims their model is the very best. Even from city to city on the identical small island, there have been many alternative variations of the identical dish–each city claiming there’s to be the very best or the unique.
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Jollof rice is common all throughout West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, The Gambia, Senegal, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Mali. All these locations have some model of jollof rice. I'd completely like to style all their variations to select my very own favorite, however I gained’t dare get right into a dialogue about the place the unique or greatest model comes from.
For our submit, I will need to have checked out 30 completely different recipes to provide you with my very own. I’m so proud of the consequence. This dish is so stuffed with flavour. My model makes use of farro so it’s completely different sufficient that I really feel assured claiming it to be the very best jollof farro–a minimum of it’s the very best (and sure, solely) model of jollof farro I’ve ever had.
Why we used farro as an alternative of rice
Since being recognized with diabetes final yr, I made some main adjustments to my food plan. A few of issues I beloved aren’t good for me if I need to management my blood sugar ranges. I used to eat a variety of bread, pasta and rice. I keep away from these meals now.
Fortunate for me, I really like experimenting within the kitchen and making an attempt new meals.
I’d by no means even heard of farro till a couple of yr in the past. It’s generally known as an historic grain. It’s an especially nutritious tremendous meals. It incorporates protein, fibre, magnesium, zinc and B nutritional vitamins. Farro is among the grains containing probably the most fibre, which implies it’s much less more likely to spike blood sugar ranges. (yay for me)
Farro has a chewy texture. My older son tasted the jollof I made, and he informed me he beloved the flavours, however not the chewy texture. Personally I really like the nutty flavour and chewy texture. I used to be so excited when I discovered this ingredient. It permits me to have rice-like meals with out the blood sugar spikes I’d get from white rice.
What can I serve jollof with?
I suppose the query could be, what can’t you serve with jollof? I served this with some grilled meat the day I made it. You might have this with grilled or fried fish, stews, hen and even on it’s personal. It’s full of flavour and positively not a boring aspect dish that wants different meals to assist it shine.
Make right this moment yummy!
I didn’t know jollof rice or farro till not too long ago, and right here I'm making a brand new scrumptious recipe that’s fully completely different from something I grew up with. I believe it’s a reminder that once we open our minds and be taught from others, we will develop, not solely as cooks, however as human beings.
I really like the meals my mother made after I was rising up, and I’ll maintain making and sharing Portuguese recipes on our weblog.
Having mentioned that, there are actually a whole lot of hundreds of components on the market, most nonetheless unfamiliar to me. This offers me an infinite potential to broaden my culinary repertoire.
There’s no purpose to ever be uninterested in meals, no matter your pallet or dietary restrictions. The world is your oyster (mmm…😃 oysters)… now go make right this moment yummy!