The matter has now been settled about which country in Africa makes the best Jollof Rice or “Benachin” as Gambia won the title over Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal in a competition in Ghana during last weekend online newspapers reported.
Gambia has been adjudged winner of the Jollof Rice Competition organised by the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) as part of activities marking the Jollof Festival. The competition featured Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal.
Gambia prepared the jollof rice without tomatoes but with mustard, fish and other ingredients, making their jollof yellowish-white as compared to Ghana, who used tilapia, tomatoes and other ingredients to make their jollof attractive and tasty, giving it a reddish colour. The Nigerian and Senegalese chefs used ingredients they believed could make their jollof super and delicious but, unfortunately, they could not win.
The judges, who were drawn from Mexico and the Netherlands, said the judgment was based on criteria including presentation, aroma, and taste. The Gambians had “a fine presentation and a better taste for their jollof as compared to that of Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.
Jollof rice also called Benachin (Wolof: “one pot”) or theibou dienne , is one of the most common dishes in Western Africa, consumed throughout the region including Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Togo, Cameroon and Mali.