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Kenyan Pilau Rice

Kenyan Pilau Rice

Ingredients (for two servings, assuming you will be really hungry)

Quarter kilogram of goat, mutton or beef

One garlic clove


2 cardamom pods

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 cups rice

2 whole black peppercorns

2 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

A pinch of ground ginger (about a quarter of teaspoon)

¼ cup cumin seed powder

1 small tomato

2 cups water


  • Boil the meat in salted water for a few minutes or until tender.
  • Crush the garlic and cardamom together with 2tbsp water using a mortar and pestle.
  • Fry 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 2 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 (chopped tomatoes, red onion and cilantro – add lemon juice, salt and pepper)





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