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Best Kenyan Beef Pilau Recipe With a Twist of Flavor - Delicious Kenya

Mastering the art of preparing a delicious Kenyan Beef pilau is surprisingly easy, and it’s the perfect dish to whip up on a lazy night. With a bit of spice and the magic of combining ingredients, you’ll end up with a flavorful rice dish that’s hard to resist. My journey with pilau started at a young age, shadowing my mother in the kitchen. Over time, I’ve tweaked her recipe to suit my taste buds, making it a uniquely personal culinary creation.

Spicing it up

Ground Pilau Masala image:

The first modification I made to my pilau recipe was ditching the pre-mixed pilau masala to craft my blend from the spices in my rack. A masala is essentially a mix of spices, and after a bit of research, I discovered that I had all the necessary spices at my disposal. The beauty of making your mix lies in adjusting the quantities based on personal preference. For instance, I scaled back on cumin to avoid overshadowing other flavors and increased the amount of coriander for its subtle taste. Additionally, I opted out of using tomatoes or tomato paste because that’s just the way I like it.

Kenyan Beef Pilau Masala Mix:


Method: Getting the best out of your Kenyan Beef Pilau

  1. Begin by frying chopped onions in vegetable oil until soft and almost browned.
  2. Add ginger and garlic paste, cooking for 2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Introduce cubed beef, season with salt, and cover. Cook until the meat dries up, browns, and caramelizes.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of Pilau masala mix and bay leaves. Toast the spices for a minute.
  5. Stir in the washed rice until well mixed with the spices.
  6. Pour in 4 cups of water, stir, and bring to a boil.
  7. Cover the pot tightly with foil, reduce heat to the lowest setting, and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the rice dries out.
  8. Listen for a crackling sound after 10 minutes to determine if the rice is dry.
  9. Once dry, remove the foil, fluff the rice with a fork, and discard bay leaves.
  10. Use the fork to mix the rice with any beef and onions that may have floated to the top.
  11. Serve hot with fresh kachumbari (salsa)

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