How to make pilau – HapaKenya
Pilau is one of the most popular rice dishes. This tasty coastal dish is never missing from the menu at social gatherings and is a regular at many homes. This recipe will ensure you have a delicious and easy to prepare meal.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
- A little crushed ginger
- 2-3 tablespoons of ground Pilau Masala (depending on spice preference)
- 1/2 kg of cubed beef
- 4 Tomatoes (diced or mixed) or 450 g tomato paste
- 2 cups of rice
- 3 cups of hot water
- Salt to taste
- Cooking oil as needed (2-2.5 tbsp)
- Heat the oil in a sufuria, add the onion and ginger. Cook over medium heat until golden brown.
Stir in the meat and put the lid back on the sufuria. Let the meat cook for about three minutes (the meat should be tender). If the meat has not softened, cook it for a few more minutes.
- Add the pilau masala and salt, stirring constantly to ensure even distribution of the spices. (You can also add a little water if your meat is dry and sticks to the sfuria.)
- Add the tomato paste and continue to stir. Add a little water (2-3 teaspoons) and bring to a boil after covering the sufuria. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick sauce.
- Add the washed rice and mix well. Proceed to add 3 cups of water, cover and let boil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat and let the rice simmer, covered. After about 5 minutes of cooking, stir the rice with a fork and cover. Repeat stirring a couple more times to make sure the rice cooks evenly and doesn’t stick to the bottom of the sufuria.
- The rice should cook until all the excess water has evaporated.
Once ready, the dish can be served with some kachumbari.