OK so the rice didn’t actually save my life but please understand that when I’m really hungry, I go through a series of stages which culminate in me thinking that the world will come to an end unless I get fed. On one particularly busy day I rushed home from a meeting only to realise that I hadn’t prepared anything and I was short on time before having to head back out. Thankfully I had been sent a box of Varo Foods* jollof rice as a gift to try. I had not tried their rice before, I had tried their Moin Moin, a savoury nigerian bean “cake” eaten with a main course. It was OK, a bit dry in consistency but overall not too bad.
I received a box of 2 varieties of jollof to try, the coconut and vegetable jollof rice.
I received some ready-made #Jollofrice from @varofoods as a gift to try recently. Here’s the coconut jollof. This is my first time trying this product and I was pleasantly surprised. Quick and easy, I don’t own a microwave but heated it up in a pot and it came out well. Would have liked it to be slightly spicier (was sent mild) as I like pepper and I had to add a bit of salt. Overall enjoyed this, not as good as home cooked (but which ready made product is?) but great if you’re low on time and high on hunger. Also good for those new to jollof. Try it! I liked it! Great to see Nigerian Food being opened up to the masses. #NigerianFood #food #foodie #africanfood #foodstagram #igfoods #foodporn
A video posted by Ronke Lawal (@ronke.lawal) on May 5, 2016 at 1:39am PDT
My favourite of the 2 is definitely the vegetable jollof rice – again it needs a touch more seasoning or salt but you can add to taste and I definitely like my rice spicier. The quality of the rice grains is fantastic and whilst it cannot compete with homemade/party jollof, it makes for such a good alternative.
It is refreshing to finally see Nigerian cuisine in the mainstream food space! Here’s to more from Varo Foods.
*No financial payment was made for this review. All views are my own.