Give your 'pilau' a coastal touch with these 4 simple steps - Evewoman


Give your 'pilau' a coastal touch with these 4 simple steps


Pilau is one of the most popular dishes in Kenyan homes. A wedding without pilau on the menu is a no no. It is a coastal dish served with kachumbari. It can be cooked with beef, chicken, mutton, soya etc.

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Serves 3-4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 36 mins

Ready In: 46 mins


• 1 cup rice (500g)

• 2 large onions

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• 1 clove crushed garlic

• 1 crushed ginger

• 20g pilau masala

• ¼ cup vegetable oil

• ½ kg beef, cubed

• 1¾ cups cold water

• Salt to taste

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In a cooking pot, fry onions until cooked (but not burnt – this give colour to the end product), add garlic, ginger, salt, pilau masala, allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, add meat and let cook until it gets cooked.

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Pour in the rice, stir to combine the meat with the rice, add the 1 ¾ cups water and bring to a boil over high heat with the cooking pot uncovered.

Once the water level has gone down, lower the heat, cover with foil paper or brown kitchen paper and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until water has dried up.

Turn of your heat, fluff the rice and set aside for about five minutes.

Serve with Kachumbari

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