Concoction rice, history, recipe and all you need to know

Concoction rice

Apart from Jollof rice being the everyday diet of a common Nigerian, there is yet another category of rice affordable to every Nigerian, big or small, called Concoction rice.

The Nigerian Concoction Rice is a traditional rice recipe made with ingredients we necessarily may not usually use to make classic Nigerian Jollof rice. Moreover, there is a whole lot of confusion that is usually surrounded by the concoction rice meal.

Firstly, most people are always in the habit of asking questions like, is concoction rice the same as Jollof rice? Can concoction rice be preserved in the fridge?

Other people jump to conclusions that concoction rice is the same thing as Jollof rice.

How To Prepare Concoction Rice

The first thing that should come into your head while planning or craving to eat concoction rice is to check your kitchen to see if you have all the ingredients necessary for its preparation. 

Consequently, we will be listing the ingredients for the concoction rice to make it all easier for you. Several ingredients are combined to prepare any healthy meal, and concoction rice is not left out

Ingredients For Concoction Rice



Tomato paste

Bay leaf



Seasoning cube





Pepper ( tomato, Bawa, Tataase, rodo)

Cameroon pepper

Ginger and garlic.

Now that you have known the ingredients for cooking concoction rice, the next thing we would

be looking at is a step-by-step method on how to concoction rice.

Cooking Instructions

The first step is to wash your rice, drain it and set it aside in an empty sieve or bowl.

Cut your onions, ginger, and garlic and set them aside in a different container or bowl.

Boil a water kettle ( because you are supposed to use it for cooking the rice.

In a medium-sized pot, pour in your oil and allow it to heat up.

Next, pour your onion, grated ginger, and garlic tomato paste and let it fry for a minute or two.

After you have done this, pour in your blended pepper, seasoning cube, salt, curry, Thyme, bay leaf, and Cameroon pepper stir, and leave to fry for about 5-10 mins.

Next step

Pour in the washed rice and then stir until the sauce is mixed in the rice.

This is when you can cover for about 2 to 3 minutes, let it steam, and then pour in boiled water.

Put in pieces of dried fish and fresh fish in a large bowl, and add chopped onion and diced broth.

Add water to cover the ingredients and cook until the fish is very soft.

Add pepper, ground crab, and palm oil.

Fill the water to the same level as the contents of the pan if necessary. Cover and heat it over medium heat for about 7 minutes. 

At this point, palm oil is combined with other ingredients.

Add the drained cooked rice, mix well, and be sure the liquid is at the same level as the rice.

If less, fill it with more water. Put smoked fish and vegetables on the rice.

Cover the pan and cook over low to medium heat. This way, the rice is not burned until the water is dry. Otherwise, you will need to add more water and reduce the heat to avoid burns. Keep cooking until done.

After confirming that the rice is ready, turn off the heat. 

Finally, add the leaves and the rice, cover, and let it cook for 5 minutes. Then stir, and it’s ready to serve.

Things To Note While Preparing Concoction Rice.

Be sure that the amount of water is proportionate to the amount of rice in the pot.

Pouring so much water would make the rice soggy, ruining the ingredients and taste of your Concoction rice.

Also, be sure to cook on medium heat; cooking on high heat will burn your rice.

Check within intervals and taste to see if your seasoning is enough.

If the water dries up and the rice is not done, pour in extra hot water but not too much.

One thing to note about cooking the perfect concoction rice is that the steam cooks the rice, not the water.

You can cover the pot with tin foil before putting the lead to allow the steam to cook the rice.

It is also not advisable to stir your rice while on the fire. Stirring too much makes the food burn faster.

Why Is It Called Concoction Rice?

Some call it concoction rice, and some call it management rice. What we call it depends on our memories of this classic dish. This concoction rice dish is an emergency dish cooked to fill up tummy space when hunger strikes. 

Is Concoction Rice The Same Thing As Jollof Rice?

To let this air of confusion out, consider checking how Jollof rice and Concoction Rice is prepared.

Similar to concoction rice, Jollof rice is a dish loved by many different cultures in Western/Sub-Saharan Africa. 

It is mostly considered a Nigerian or Ghanaian recipe. It is also common in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, and many other countries.

Traditionally, it is rice cooked with tomatoes. Various types of meat are usually added as well.

Therefore, it deems fit to say that Jollof rice and concoction rice are not the same thing. They are both different dishes on their own with differfirent tastes when cooked. It all depends on what an individual can afford at a particular time.

What Does Concoction Rice Taste Like?

It’s difficult to answer this question. It tastes beautiful when prepared the proper way using the guidelines listed above. It is made with sweet spices, and it has a smooth texture with a mellow flavour. Jollof rice is cooked in a stew. The taste is absolutely lovely. 

Key Ingredients In Both Concoction and Jollof Rice


It is good to use more fresh than grinded pepper when making this recipe. You can use this formula: Three red bell peppers, two medium tomatoes, and about 50g

tomato purée for every three cups of Jollof rice or concoction rice.


Steam properly cooks Jollof or concoction rice. Let the sauce completely cover your rice while it is cooking, then cover the pan with aluminium foil and the lid.


The key to concoction and jollof rice is using the correct spices. If both rice categories are not well spiced, it won’t be very colourful or tasty. A variety of herbs

and spices are used to flavour the rice; some common ones are thyme, curry powder, scotch, bonnet pepper, ginger, garlic, salt, and bay leaves.


When making jollof rice or concoction rice, you can put as many onions as you want to get the desired flavour and smell in your rice. There are different types of onions, and what you use when cooking depends on your taste and preference, but most people prefer to use red onions for cooking and yellow ones for eating raw.

Is eating Concoction Rice Healthy?

In Nigeria, people eat concoction rice virtually every day, and it is a kind of food that keeps Nigerians healthy. In addition, concoction rice has medicinal properties that keep people away from diseases. 

How Long Can Concoction Rice Stay In The Fridge?

If you have any leftovers, they’ll last 3 to 4 days in the fridge. Allow cooling before transferring to an airtight container. It can be reheated on the stovetop before serving.Can You Freeze Concoction Rice?

Yes, jollof rice freezes nicely and can be stored for up to three months. If you’re not using

protein, you may reheat it in the microwave straight from the freezer; otherwise, let it defrost

overnight in the refrigerator before reheating it on the stovetop.

Which Is Better, Concoction Or Nigerian Jollof Rice?

Like many other local dishes, concoction rice has a distinct cooking method. Both rice

categories have granted us satisfaction, a balanced diet, and other health benefits. It’s hard to say which one tastes better.

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