- Bulgur Wheat1.5 Cups
- Minced Beef250 GramsYou can use up to 500 grams if you want more minced beef in your jollof. If you live in Nigeria, you can get minced beef at any major supermarket
- Tomato3 Pieces
- Pepper8 PiecesI used a mix of habanero and chilli pepper
- Onion1 Medium Pieces
- Garlic1 Clove
- Curry Powder1/2 to 1 Tablespoons
- Thyme1/2 Teaspoons
- Bay leaf1 or 2 Pieces
- Salt And Bouillon / Seasoning CubesTo taste
- Tomato Paste1.5 Tablespoons
- Vegetable Oil1/4 to 1/2 Cups
- Garlic Powder1/2 Teaspoons
- Chilli Powder1/2 Tablespoons
- Beef Stock1 to 1.5 Cups
- Seasoning For The Minced BeefSalt and Seasoning cube, 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Curry powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1/2 Teaspoon Chilli Powder, 1/4 Teaspoon Thyme.
- Carrot (optional)1 or 2 PiecesCut into long strips or julienned or you can chop instead
Bulgur wheat is the perfect alternative to rice.
1. Wash the bulgur, add about 2 cups water to a pot, add a tablespoon of oil, bring to a boil, then add the bulgur wheat, add salt to taste and cook until it is half done. Set the half done bulgur aside.
2. Chop the onions. Blend the tomato, pepper, garlic and tomato paste together. Cut the carrots if you will be using in long strips / julienned or chop instead if you prefer.
3. Wash the minced beef, season with a little onion, salt and seasoning cube, onion powder, garlic powder, chilli powder, curry powder and thyme. Add water to a pot, and boil the minced beef until it is no longer pink. Set the stock aside for later use.
Alternatively, if you already have some stock (may not necessarily be beef stock), just fry the minced beef until it is no longer pink
4. Add vegetable oil to a pot, heat up, add the onions, let it fry for about 3 to 4 minutes then add the blended tomato puree.
5. Let it cook for about 3 minutes, then seasoning with salt and seasoning cube to taste, curry powder, thyme, garlic powder, chilli powder and add the bay leaf.
6. Let it cook for about 5 minutes, then add in the minced beef.
7. Stir and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce is ready (stir in between cook time and add a little stock to supplement on liquid if you notice the sauce is drying up).
8. Add about 1 to 1.5 cups of stock to the sauce, add in the bulgur wheat and the carrots, stir and taste for salt. Be sure to not add too much stock here so the jollof bulgur won’t come out soggy.
9. Cover the pot and on medium heat, let the bulgur wheat finish cooking. When you notice the liquid in the pot is drying out, lower the heat to low heat and let the bulgur cook in its own steam until it is done.
Your Minced Beef Jollof Bulgur is ready.
If you don't want the minced beef, you can turn this into a plain jollof bulgur meal without the minced beef and in place of stock, you can use water where the recipe calls for stock. But using stock makes it tastier.
You can also substitute bulgur wheat for rice.
This recipe was made from scratch, if you have some left over stew / sauce and you would like to save yourself the time of cooking from scratch, check out this quick Jollof Bulgur recipe