I’m Back… (with Pilau)

When I walked into the kitchen after two long months I felt like a kid walking into a candy store. See, I have been on the road since last year November working on some project. With the traveling and everything that came with it I never had the time or chance to cook.

So the sizzles and the simmers are quite a thing for me at the moment. I could cook all day but I can’t. I have wanted to make everything I could think of. Chicken, rice, ugali,nyama choma, cake,chapatis … make fruit and vegetable salads, make cocktails and try out new things. But the first thing on my list was pilau.

Pilau is one dish that embraces all the aromas and flavours; The aromatic rice, the meat (fish, chicken, mutton or beef) and the wide range of spices. And that’s exactly what I needed. I had to have it so I made it. Mine was really simple; I left out some ingredients which are not always compulsory. I used beef because that’s what was available.

1 1/2 Rice, soaked and rinced
300gm beef
2 1/2 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tsp chili flakes
1 1/2 tbsp pilau masala
1 tbsp tumeric
Fresh coriander, to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1 bulb of garlic, crushed
I small piece of ginger, crushed
1 tsp coriander powder
3 cups hot water (to cook the rice)


1.Heat oil in a cooking pan. Add the beef. sear the beef so it browns and not steams. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes until browned on all sides.

2.Add the onions and stir for 1-2 minutes.

3.Season with salt & pepper, chili flakes, pilau masala, tumeric,ground black pepper, coriander powder and ginger and stir.Add 2 tbsps of water and Let it cook for another 1-2 minutes.

4.Add the garlic and stir.

5.Add the rice into the meat, season with some more salt, stir, pour in the hot water (to cook the rice) and let it simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.

7.After 10 mins, lightly stir the rice, cover and reduce the temperature and let sit for 15 minutes.

8.Serve the pilau as preferred. (Sprinkle some chopped coriander on top)

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