East African Pilau Rice

Pilau rice is an excellent method for cooking rice using stock, broth, herbs, spices, vegetables, sometimes with meat or fish. The rice absorbs the flavours of whatever you add to it. Read more below:

If you follow on instagram I promised to post this over the weekend, the weekend is nearly done but I hope you enjoy this.

In my last post, I talked about the first two most popular methods of cooking rice, the boiling and steaming methods. In his post, it is the pilau rice method, the one that is a little bit more fanciful, more flavourful and one, you add the stock, broth spices to really enhance the taste of your rice. The extra work is rewarded with a tastier dish.

This recipe is an Indian-inspired East African recipe. In the whole of that region, there are variations of pilau rice recipes. Pilau rice could be cooked with meat or without. It is similar in looks to the Jollof rice from West Africa, however, the style of cooking and ingredients are different. Let us head over to the kitchen and start cooking.

Pilau Rice Recipe

Pilau Rice

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 20min

Cooking Time: 25min


  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 1 medium size red onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 large Roma tomato, chopped 
  • 750g diced beef
  • 1/4 cup butter or ghee1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chilli pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4-5 cardamom seed
  • 5 cloves crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  •  Salt to taste


Have all ingredients sorted out. 10-15 minutes

Season beef with salt ,the chilli pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Wash your hands and go to next step.

Melt butter in a heavy - based pot with tight-fitting lid.

Brown the beef in butter 10-15 minutes

Stir in chopped onion, 4-5 minutes

Stir in spices 1-2 minutes

Stir in chopped onions and peppers 8 minutes

Pour in stock and coconut milk, cover with tight-fitting lid and allow to cook for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked to how you like it. 

Allow to rest for ten minutes then, fluff and serve.

Recipe provided by www.AfricanFoods.co.uk

The last method for cooking rice is risotto. It is a method of cooking in some stock until rice is creamy. It is not a style common in Africa. 

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