Like it or not, Jollof rice is now an internationally recognised franchise and it is the latest subject of Google Doodle. In the video, the search company showed how to prepare the West African delicacy.
Google paid homage to the three-legged cast iron pot typically used to prepare the dish for ceremonies that where crowds were expected. And although there are several ways to prepare Jollof rice, the video showed the most typical one, which includes starting a groundnut oil stew with pepper, tomato, onions, and other spices like ginger, bay leaves, and more.
There are several explanations as to how the dish spread to become popular throughout West Africa, but its original roots are traced to the Senegambian region that was ruled by the Wolof or Jolof Empire in the 14th century. Today, this region includes Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania.
Despite its roots, Jollof rice has been a cause of controversy between neighbors, Nigeria and Ghana, with both sides claiming to have the superior method of making the dish.
Besides the different kinds of preparation method, the dish is seen as supreme because of the plethora of serving methods which include with salad, plantains, moi moi, steamed vegetables, coleslaw, shito, chicken, beef, and more.
Meanwhile, away from the controversy, the dish has spread to the Western world through migrants and there are now Jollof food festivals been held in the US, Toronto, and Canada. Additionally, “World Jollof Day” has been celebrated since 2015 on 22 August.
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