Before the proliferation of burgers, fries, pizza, noodles and the likes, the most common favourite meal for most children, in the urban areas of Ghana some years ago, was either Jollof or Fried Rice. Civilization did not only affect our way of life, what we eat was always affected and rice was a meal that had a firm footing in our menu chat as Ghanaians. With Ghana importing about 70% of rice it consumes annually, there is no doubt a large percentage of the country’s population eats rice at least twice a week.
The existence of rice has been documented in history as a source of food as far back as 2500 B.C. Largely grown and consumed in Asia, there are two species that are popularly cultivated, oryza glaberrima and oryza sativa, with the latter being the most popular of the two species. About half the world’s population lives partially or wholly on the wild grass due to its ability to flourish in a wide spectrum of climates. Low in fat and protein compared to other cereal grains, rice is however rich in carbohydrate, with brown rice having a greater food value than white rice.
Rice is that one food stuff that cannot be absent in a Ghanaian home. It finds itself in every meal that makes the people’s favourite. Jollof and Fried Rice is simply about the rice, waakye is not what it is without the presence of rice. Rice water (Rice porridge) on a good Saturday morning makes breakfast worth it. Sunday is never complete without a tasty bowl of omotuo (Rice balls) special at daddy’s favourite joint. Did you know there was rice cake? That makes a good dessert.
Almost every restaurant listed on the Jumia Food app has a special recipe of rice listed on its menu. Start trying something new, enough of the everyday plain rice, jollof and fried rice. Get on Jumia Food and get adventurous with the rice recipe options from your favourite restaurant. Place the order for that recipe you have never tasted now!!!