Swahili Pilau Recipe

April 06, 2018 - 0 Comments

Ramadan is just around the corner and we all know our brothers and sister like to treat themselves well in terms of eating good food during the fasting period. Pilau is a dish of rice fried in tropical spices, from the east coast of Africa, which is popular locally especially during big events and festivities like Eid ul Fitr and other Islamic holidays. We found a recipe for Swahili Pilau via masterword.com and here is what you need:

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 lb goat, mutton or beef cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 9 cardamom pods
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cups rice
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ cup cumin seed powder
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt


  • Boil the meat in salted water until tender.
  • Crush the garlic and cardamom together with 2 tbsp water using a mortar and pestle.
  • Saute the onion until it is golden brown.
  • Add the rice, meat, garlic and cardamom mixture, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and cumin seed powder.
  • Cook covered over medium heat until all are nicely brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Cook and stir until the tomatoes are thoroughly cooked down to the consistency of a sauce.
  • Add the 6 cups water to the rice mixture, bring to a boil and then cook over very low heat, (while covered) for another 15-20 minutes until all water is absorbed and the rice is cooked through.
  • Serve with kachumbari (also known as “East African cole slaw” and made of fresh tomato and onion salad).

Enjoy your ‘iftar’ dish with family and friends!


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