Even though World Jollof Day is on August 22, Google celebrated jollof rice today.
Google describes, “jollof rice, a quintessential West African dish simmered in reduced tomatoes, onions, peppers and regional spices.”
Nigeria-based guest artist, Haneefah Adam made the beautiful live-action doodle of jollof rice while Senegalese jazz musician, Herve Samb created the soundtrack..
The beauty of the rice is the different side dishes that usually accompanies it, like plantain and chicken you can eat jollof rice with.
Describing the doodle, Google writes that, “on this day each year, rice farmers plant and reap a bountiful harvest, and cooks across West Africa prepare to make fresh Jollof. Also known as benachin and thieboudienne’
Goggle also traced the origin of jollof rice while saying it is believed to have first been prepared by the Wolof tribe in the 14th century. “The Wolof Empire, ruling parts of modern-day Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania made Jollof rice popular.”
“Each country has added its spin to the recipe and West Africans engage in humorous banter over who makes the best Jollof. These friendly rivalries, known as the “Jollof Wars,” have become an African cultural phenomenon.” Google writes.
The most competitive countries are Nigerians and Ghanaians.
Google however noted the difference by saying that Nigerians use long-grain rice that absorbs more spices, while Ghanaians use basmati rice with a more aromatic flavour.
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