top-down view of Cinnamon Spiced Jollof Rice in a white pot

Cinnamon Spiced Jollof Rice

This Cinnamon Spiced Jollof Rice recipe is a delicious twist on a traditional West African Christmas dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine African, Sierra Leone
Keyword Cinnamon Spiced Jollof Rice, jollof rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 293kcal
Author Bintu Hardy | Recipes From A Pantry


  • 1.1 Liter (4.6 cups) vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp garlic purée
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée or to taste
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 600 grams (1.3lb) basmati rice rinsed and drained
  • 1 large carrot peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 red pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 2 large spring onions (scallions) sliced


  • Mix together vegetables stock, tomato purée, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt and black pepper till combined.
  • Add the rice, carrot, pepper and spring onions into the pot, and stir in the spiced tomato mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, mix, and then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 25-30 until the rice grains are cooked through.
  • Mix when done, serve and enjoy!



  • If you like a little heat, add in some scotch bonnet or red chilli flakes.
  • Peas and sweetcorn are also great vegetables to add to Jollof Rice.
  • Try topping with a sprinkle of toasted nuts for a delicious flavour and texture.
Weight Watchers Points:
There are 5 Freestyle Points in a serving of Cinnamon Spiced Jollof Rice.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 41.5% | Vitamin C: 24.8% | Calcium: 2.7% | Iron: 4.8%