It's a traditional beautiful fragrant rice, made with many aromatic spices that adds an amazing depth of flavor to the amazing rice. It can be made with either beef or chicken. Its origin is from India, probably an import that has been adopted in East Africa.
Pilau has a wonderful balance of flavors, it is a festive dish that is never missing during special occasions or events. Its made with rice cooked in a well-seasoned broth of meat or chicken. Unlike the Indian pilau, the East African version does not use curry, and it's less spicy.
Pilau is delicious on its own and it can be served as a stand-alone dish, but is better enjoyed with kachumbari ( an amazing salad made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, a bit of lemon juice and a dash of olive oil, chopped chilis)
5oogms of beef
400gms of rice washed and soaked
1/2 tablespoon of ground garlic
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1/2 tablespoon of ground black pepper
3 tablespoons of pilau masala
2 diced onions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 bay leaves
1/2 cup vegetable cooking oil
3 tablespoons of salt
In a cooking pan fry onions till brown, stir in garlic,ginger, cumin seeds, and black pepper.
Add meat, pilau masala, cilantro, bay leaves, salt to test and cook the meat for about 10 minutes.
Add tomatoes and stir till it dissolves. You can add potatoes ( optional)
Rinse the rice well and pour into the pan, stir to combine the rice, meat, and spices.
Add 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to boil over moderate heat for 15 minutes, with the cooking pot uncovered.
Once the water level has gone down, lower the heat, and cover with the foil pepper, cook for 2-3 minutes until all the water dries up.
Turn off the heat, you can sprinkle cilantro on top, and serve hot!
The recipe is similar to chicken pilau, so you can simply make pilau according to your preference
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