Pilau is a traditional dish from Mombasa Kenya where I grew up.  It’s a popular dish which consist of spices, potatoes and meat and sultana.


500g chopped chuck steak

1 cup rice

2 cups hot water

4 potatoes quartered

1 tomato chopped

1 onion chopped

3 grated cloves of garlic

1 tsp grated ginger

Handful of sultanas

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. cumin

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp black pepper

Pinch of cardamom

Salt for seasoning



Add  the chuck steak in a sauce pan on medium heat.  Cook meat until brown and almost tender.  Remove the meat and set aside.

In the same  sauce pan add the olive oil, once oil is hotadd the onions cook until soft.  Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute.  Add the spices, cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the potatoes, mix evenly and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the meat and the rice and mix with the potatoes.  Add the hot water and sprinkle the sultanas over, bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low to simmer and cover.

Once all the liquid is absorbed, and the rice is soft, put the heat off and cover the saucepan and let it cool.



This dish serves 6.

Try these rice dishes

Lamb Tagine with Rice

Spinach Rice and Sambal Salmon

Bombay Chicken and Cauliflower Rice