Pilau 🇰🇪



  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil(60 mL)
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pilau masala
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro(10 g), roughly chopped
  • 1 lb beef sirloin(455 g), cubed
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 lb potato(455 g), waxy, peeled and cut into 1 inch (2 cm) chunks
  • 4 cups water(960 mL)
  • 2 cups basmati rice(400 g)


Make the pilau masala: In a medium bowl, combine the cumin, paprika, cardamom, black pepper, and cloves. Set aside.

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and red onion and sauté for 10-15 minutes, until dark brown.

Add the garlic, ginger, serrano chile, pilau masala, beef stock cubes, cinnamon stick, and cilantro. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add the beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes have released their liquid.

Add the potatoes and the water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

Add the rice, stir, and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.


Pilau 🇰🇪

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