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Google Doodle Celebrates West Africa’s Jollof Rice

The one-pot classic has been popular for centuries, and has even spawned the jollof Wars, a friendly rivalry between neighbors known by the name of Jollof Wars.

The Friday’s Google Doodle spotlights jollof rice which is a popular West African dish whose roots can be traced back to seven centuries, and has led to fierce rivalries between neighboring nations.

The dish , made up of long-grained rice, simmered tomatoes peppers, onions and local spices usually served with fish for the main course for dinner, however it can also be enjoyed during other time of the day, when fish is substituted for meat, goat or chicken. The Friday’s animated Doodle illustrates the popular one-pot meal being cooked each ingredient at a time and includes the meat that is desired as the central ingredient.

The dish’s name and its origins date through the fourteenth century during which the Jollof Empire controlled parts of the present-day Senegal as well as Gambia as well as Mauritania. Benachin is also referred to from Gambia in Mauritania and Senegal.

Every nation has their own version of the dish, with every nation competing for producing the top Jollof. It’s a friendly competition with other nations, referred to by the name of Jollof Wars. The contest is especially sticky and hot with Nigerians and Ghanaians who have distinctive cooking styles and the Jollof Wars as a culture phenomenon that has spawned numerous popular music videos, songs and cook-offs.

It’s not the first time that Google has placed food items in the Doodle spotlight. The year 2017 was the first time Google made a video in honor of the rice noodles. In 2019, the company came up with an animated Doodle with falafel. In 2021 Google honored pho as the delicious and flavorful soup well-known in Vietnam.

However, if you’d rather enjoy your food and not to read on it, Google baked up an interactive pizza puzzle game in the past which tests your cutting skills.

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