The best way to cook delicious Pilau - Evewoman


The best way to cook delicious Pilau


Pilau is one of the most popular dishes in Kenyan homes. A feast without Pilau on the menu is a no no!

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Pilau is a coastal dish mostly served with Kachumbari. It can be cooked with beef, chicken, mutton, or even soya.

Here is a simple recipe for preparing pilau to serves 3-4 people:

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 36 mins

Ready In: 46 mins


• 1 cup rice (500g)

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• 2 large onions

• 1 clove crushed garlic

• 1 crushed ginger

• 20g pilau masala

• ¼ cup vegetable oil

• ½ kg cubed beef

• 1¾ cups cold water

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• Salt to taste


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

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 mins or until water has dried up. Turn of your heat, fluff the rice and set aside for about 5 mins.

Serve with Kachumbari.

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