The doodle is a stop-motion animation created by Nigerian artist Haneefah Adam using real food, and sountracked by Senegalese jazz musician Hervé Samb
Today’s Google Doodle is celebrating jollof rice, the famous West African dish that is the source of intense debate between Nigerians and Ghanaians.
It shows the ingredients all jumping into the pot together and cooking themselves into a bowl of jollof rice.
Today has been chosen to celebrate the dish because, on this day each year, “rice farmers plant and reap a bountiful harvest, and cooks across West Africa prepare to make fresh jollof”.
Jollof rice, or simply jollof, can also be known as benachin and ceebu jën. The dish has its roots in a traditional meal called thieboudienne, containing rice, fish, shellfish and vegetables.
Jollof is made from rice simmered in reduced tomatoes, onions, peppers and regional spices, though recipes vary by country and region.
It was traditionally cooked with fish for dinner, but Africans today also enjoy it for breakfast and lunch, and often substitute fish with chicken, beef or goat.