Joloff Wheatberry Pilaf

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Last Updated on January 10, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Joloff Wheatberry Pilaf is a one pot Vegetarian whole grain meal – A delicious and healthy meal for Meatless Monday!


Joloff Wheatberry Pilaf - vegan onepotmeal

It’s Black History Month here in the US and one way I have been celebrating is by sharing lots of my African diaspora recipes on my Facebook page. I have asked a few of my blogger friends to join me in celebrating African diaspora cuisine.  Nayna has already posted Kenyan Matoke Bhel – a popular Nairobi street food. Today I’m on the opposite side of the African continent. In northwest Africa in countries like Ghana and Nigeria, Joloff Rice is one of the most popular dishes. It is basically rice cooked with tomato and chile pepper.

I have made a twist on the concept of Joloff Rice by first of all, making it healthier by using whole grain wheat berries instead of rice and then transforming it into a vegetarian one pot dish by adding beans and vegetables.

Before we get to today’s recipe, let’s check out some of my other African inspired recipes you might want to add to your weekly menu!

African Recipes

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This makes a delicious Vegan One Pot Meal for Meatless Monday

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Joloff Wheatberry Pilaf
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Joloff Wheatberry Pilaf

Joloff Pilaf is a variation of the classic African Joloff Rice. This whole grain variation is a delicious Vegetarian one pot meal that's perfect for #meatlessmonday
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Servings: 4
Calories: 355.26kcal


  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 finely chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper/habanero
  • 15.25 oz. can kidney beans
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste


  • Boil wheatberries in a pot of boiling water until tender, 30-45 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside
  • In a large skillet, heat oil.
  • Add onions and saute until they start to caramelize.
  • Add garlic and scotch bonnet. Saute for 1 minute.
  • Add tomatoes, beans, thyme and cumin. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook until they wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cooked wheat berries and salt. Stir to combine and simmer for a few minutes.


Calories: 355.26kcal | Carbohydrates: 60.7g | Protein: 13.43g | Fat: 8.93g | Saturated Fat: 0.88g | Sodium: 799.11mg | Fiber: 13.64g | Sugar: 9.03g
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Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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