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Sienna's Nigerian Jollof Rice

Sienna is cooking Nigerian Jollof rice. Her dad has prepared a colourful Nigerian salad to eat with the rice, and some Nigerian chin chin too.


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Whose kitchen are we going to today?

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Hello, my name's Sienna. Welcome to my house. Come in.

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Hello, Sienna!

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This is my dad, and this is my sister.

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-Hello.

-Hi.

-Hi, guys.

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And this is my kitchen.

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Today, I'm going to be making jollof rice, cos I love to eat it.

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Sienna's dad has taught her a special way of making jollof rice

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that she can do all on her own.

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Sienna's dad is originally from Nigeria.

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Nigeria is a country in Africa.

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There are more people living in Nigeria

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than in any other African country.

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In some Nigerian families, children learn to cook from a very young age

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and help to cook and serve the food to their families.

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Rice is a very important ingredient in Nigerian cooking

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and many families eat it at least once a day.

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Jollof rice is a very popular recipe in Nigeria,

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and each family has their own special way of making it,

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adding in different vegetables and meats that they like.

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Sienna has washed her hands, put on her apron, and she's ready to cook.

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I'm making jollof rice for my friends.

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She's invited Max, Eva and Sophia to taste one of the ingredients

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before they come round for a very special meal later.

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-What's that?!

-It's a herb.

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I think it's a type of herb.

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You're right, it's a herb - fresh thyme.

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That's disgusting!

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Oh, dear!

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It tastes minty.

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No-one's sure about the taste of fresh thyme.

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I don't really like it.

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Let's find out if Sienna can change their minds,

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because thyme is a very special ingredient in her jollof rice.

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As well as fresh thyme, you'll need salt, olive oil, basmati rice,

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tinned plum tomatoes, frozen peas,

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bay leaves, a sweet red pointed pepper,

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spring onions, medium curry powder, ground nutmeg,

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smoked paprika, black pepper,

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garlic cloves, stock powder, tomato puree and water.

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First of all, I'm going to put the rice into the water

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so it's easier to cook.

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That's right, leave it to soak.

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Next, I'm going to drain out the tomatoes.

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They look very squishy.

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You'll need to save that juice for later.

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We put the tomatoes into the bowl.

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And then chop them up into really small, small pieces.

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Yeah! Be careful with those scissors.

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I add the frozen peas into the pot.

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And now for the sweet pointed pepper.

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So, you twist it.

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It's got a nice popping sound when you twist it.

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And then take all the seeds out.

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Then carefully cut it up.

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I hope my friends are going to like this jollof rice.

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Now we've cut all the peppers, we'll put them inside the pot.

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And top and tail the spring onions.

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Oh, where did that one go?!

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Chop them into small pieces.

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I'm just going to put the springy onions into the pot.

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Drain the soaked rice.

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Now I'm going to add my rice into my pot.

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Then peel the skin off the garlic clove.

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If you find this tricky, you can always ask a grown-up to help.

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And now you just put it in your bag,

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and...and just bash it.

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That's ever so noisy, but very clever!

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Next, we're going to add this garlic to the tomato juice.

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So now it's time for my very special ingredient.

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-You know what that is!

-Thyme.

-That's right.

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Thyme's a plant with small green leaves.

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It has a strong taste and smell and is used as a herb to add delicious

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flavour to lots of different types of cooking.

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Thyme smells so nice that it has been used

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as an ingredient in perfume.

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And in ancient times,

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it was even used in people's baths to help them smell nice.

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Quack!

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We're going to take some thyme and pull all the leaves off

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into the tomato juice.

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It's really easy to pull off the leaves of the thyme.

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Now we can add some smoked paprika,

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medium curry powder, stock powder,

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bay leaves, nutmeg,

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and a good twist of black pepper.

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Well done, Sienna.

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Now I'm going to add the tomato puree.

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Great! Then after that, we're going to give it a really good stir.

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Yeah, mix it, mix it, mix it!

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Now I'm going to pour the water into the tomato and spices.

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I'm going to get my chopped tomatoes and add it into the bowl.

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And also my sauce and spices.

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And stir.

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Wonderful colours!

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All the ingredients are in the pot.

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It's time for my dad to put it in the oven.

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Dad!

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Oh, wow, Sienna, that looks amazing!

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Ask a grown-up to put it in the oven for you.

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And Dad's made a Nigerian salad to go with it.

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It looks very colourful.

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Sienna's helping to finish it off with sliced hard-boiled eggs.

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So, if you want to make Sienna's jollof rice...

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..add Basmati rice to water...

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..and leave it to soak.

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Drain the tomatoes through a sieve and save the juice for later.

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Tip them into a bowl

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and carefully chop them up.

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Now, add frozen peas to an ovenproof dish.

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Twist a sweet red pointed pepper, like this.

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And pull out the seeds.

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Carefully cut it into pieces,

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then add it to the pot.

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Top and tail spring onions and cut them into small pieces.

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Then add these to the pot, too.

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Drain the soaked rice with a sieve...

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..and add that to the pot.

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Peel the skin off a garlic clove...

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..put it in a plastic food bag and bash it!

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Add the crushed garlic to the saved tomato juice.

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Pick and add fresh thyme leaves.

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Add smoked paprika...

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..medium curry powder...

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..stock powder...

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..bay leaves...

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..ground nutmeg...

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..black pepper...

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..and don't forget to wash your hands after touching spices.

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Some tomato puree...

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..water...

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..and then give it a good mix.

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Add the chopped tomatoes and the juice mixture to the cooking pot.

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Now, stir everything together really well.

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Mix it, mix it, mix it!

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Put the lid on, and ask a grown-up to put it in the oven for you.

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Now there's just enough time for

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Sienna to get the table ready for her Nigerian feast.

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What's that?

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This is Nigerian chin chin,

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a special treat I'm going to give to my friends after our dinner.

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DOORBELL RINGS They're here!

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The chin chin looks tasty, and the table looks amazing!

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Well done, Sienna.

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-ALL:

-Hi, Sienna!

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Whoa! This is amazing!

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Everyone's washed their hands and is ready to eat.

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-I like it.

-Take a seat.

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-So, what do you think?

-This tablecloth's nice.

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I've got a really tasty Nigerian dish for everyone to eat.

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This is Nigerian chin chin.

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This is what we'll have after our jollof.

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What's chin chin?

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It's a special Nigerian snack.

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It's like a hard, hard biscuit.

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-That sounds yummy.

-Can't wait.

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Here's Dad with the cooked food.

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There you go, guys. Cooled down and ready to eat.

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He's taken out the bay leaves now it's cooked.

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It looks so colourful and delicious.

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That looks tasty.

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Everyone, please tuck into Nigerian salad and jollof rice.

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Earlier on, Sienna's friends weren't sure about the taste of fresh thyme.

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Do you think they'll like it cooked in Sienna's jollof rice?

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That's really nice.

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I like it.

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This is my first Nigerian food, and it's very good.

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What do you think the special ingredient is?

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-ALL:

-Thyme!

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-Do you like the taste of thyme in jollof rice?

-Yes.

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Well done, Sienna. They like the taste of thyme

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now it's been cooked in your jollof rice.

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-Would anyone like to try some chin chin?

-Yes, please.

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Mm, that's very nice.

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Thank you for coming to My World Kitchen.

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Sienna's dad is from Nigeria and he has taught her a unique way of making Nigerian Jollof rice. Sienna asks her friends to try tasting fresh thyme, which is one of the ingredients in her Jollof rice, before they come round for a special Nigerian meal. No one is at all keen on the taste of the thyme, but Sienna is confident that she can change their minds when they try some of her food. Sienna's dad has prepared a colourful Nigerian salad to eat with the rice and they even treat their guests to some Nigerian chin chin to enjoy after the meal. What a lucky bunch!