Google doodle celebrates Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Google doodle celebrates Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof Rice
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Jollof rice, a traditional West African dish cooked with chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers, and local spices, is the subject of today’s Google Doodle. Google doodle celebrates Nigerian and Ghanaian Jollof Rice

Google revealed that Senegalese jazz musician Hervé Samb composed the soundtrack and Nigerian guest artist Haneefah Adam made the artwork.

Every year on this day, rice farmers sow their seeds, harvest a bumper crop, and cooks across West Africa get ready to create fresh jollof rice.

Jollof rice, sometimes referred to as benachin and thieboudienne, is a one-pot dish that was created by the Wolof tribe in the fourteenth century.

The Wolof Empire, which ruled over portions of present-day Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, is credited for popularizing jollof throughout West Africa.

Although Africans still love jollof rice for breakfast and lunch in addition to dinner, they frequently replace the fish in the dish with other meats such chicken, beef, or goat.

Each nation has given the dish its unique twist, and West Africans joke about about who prepares the best jollof rice.

The “Jollof Wars,” as these amicable battles are known, have taken on a cultural significance unique to Africa.

Ghanaians and Nigerians compete fiercely to make the best jollof, and for valid reason.

The two types of cooking are very different from one another. For instance, Ghanaians prefer basmati rice with a more spicy flavor, whereas Nigerians prefer long-grain rice that absorbs more seasonings.

Who makes really good jollof in the end? Nobody can be certain. But you can try as many different kinds as you can to learn for sure!

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