Pilau is served on special occasions or events. It is made with rice cooked in a well-seasoned meat or chicken broth. Pilau is made of cumin seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamoms and several other ingredients. Pilau is also eaten in Tanzania.
Diced beef or chicken
Beef or chicken broth
Crushed garlic, ginger and cloves.
Bay leaves (optional)
Finely chopped Serrano chile
Ingredients for Pilau Masala
Ground cumin seeds
In a bowl, mix the Pilau masala ingredients and set aside.
In a pot, add the oil and diced onions and sauté for 10 minutes, until dark brown. Add ginger, garlic, serrano chile, pilau masala, seasoning, cinnamon stick and cilantro. Cook for a few minutes, at least till the fragrance comes out.
Then, add the beef/chicken and cook until brown. Add the tomatoes and cook for five minutes. Add the potatoes and water and bring to a boil. Afterwards, add rice, stir and cover lid. Cook for 20 minutes on a medium-low heat until the water is absorbed.
Your Pilau is ready to serve.