Swahili Pilau with Chapati

Swahili Pilau with Chapati

This quintessential Swahili meal is Pilau. Hearty, savoury and incredibly aromatic, this rice dish is a staple and locals prefer a strong pungent garlic presence. If garlic is not something you enjoy, you can reduce the recipe to one clove.

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Swahili Pilau with Chapati

Course: Main CoursesCuisine: SwahiliDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

5

minutes

This quintessential Swahili meal is Pilau. Hearty, savoury and incredibly aromatic, this rice dish is a staple and locals prefer a strong pungent garlic presence. If garlic is not something you enjoy, you can reduce the recipe to one clove.

Ingredients

  • 160g Basmati Rice

  • 1 Tablespoon Pilau Spice Mix

  • 1 Red Onion

  • 3 Garlic Cloves

  • 2 Tomatoes

  • 200g Beef Fillet

  • 70ml Tomato Paste

  • 375ml Water

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Salt

  • Kachumbari
  • 4 Tomatoes

  • 2 Red Onions

  • Salt

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

  • Using a mortar and pestle, pound peeled garlic cloves with a pinch of salt until it becomes a paste.
  • Add the Pilau Spice Mix, which usually contains cloves, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon and black pepper. Continue pounding for 2 minutes to release al the aromas and oils. It will look like a thick paste.
  • Finely chop onion and sauté in large pot with vegetable oil over high heat.
  • Once the onions become golden brown, add peeled and diced tomatoes. Sauté over medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Slice beef fillet into cubes and add to the pot.
  • Add spice paste into the pot and sauté until the beef is cooked.
  • Add tomato paste and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add rice and water. Allow to simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. If necessary, add more water.
  • Remove from heat and cover the pot with aluminium foil and bake at 150°C for 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot accompanied with kachumbari and chapati.
  • For the kachumbari, thinly slice the onions and tomatoes and dress with olive oil. Season with salt to taste.

Notes

  • This recipe is part of our renown “The Charming Lonno Lodge Cookbook” that you can download for free or purchase as a printed copy on Amazon.