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Pilau recipe compilation for #ParentsMagazinePilauChallenge

Pilau is a delicacy in many Kenyan homes and is a meal that always signals that celebratory mood or a special event

Pilau recipe compilation for #ParentsMagazinePilauChallenge
  • PublishedSeptember 1, 2020

Pilau is a delicacy in many Kenyan homes and is a meal that always signals that celebratory mood or a special event. Here is a compilation of pilau recipes from the #ParentsMagazinePilauChallenge.

Shuffa Habib


  • 1kg beef boiled and broth set aside
  • ½ cup water  and 3 cups of the broth
  • 3 cups soaked rice
  • 5 onions diced
  • 3 tbsps ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbsps cumin
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 7 cloves
  • 5 cardamom (grind together)
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • Potatoes to your liking


  1. Fry your onions until slightly golden brown careful not to burn them.
  2. Add in garlic ginger paste let it brown then add in your boiled meat.
  3. Next add the ground spices and fry for 2 minutes
  4. Then add in the potatoes with a half cup of water cover let it cook until the water dries up.
  5. Add in the rice mix up well before adding the water
  6. Add in the broth and reduce the flame. Cook on low heat. Once the water dries up put it in the oven

Ps if you dont have an oven reduce the flame put your chapati pan then put your sufuria on top let it cook for some other 10 mins and your rice will be 1 1 (moja moja )

Nedy Otuki


Pilau is a spicy food rich in carbohydrates. It is popular among all age groups in Kenya.


  • 500g of rice washed and soaked for 15 minutes
  • 250g of chopped beef
  • 3big Onions sliced
  • 4big tomatoes chopped
  • 1table spoon of salt
  • 1table spoon of garlic paste
  • 1table spoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 table spoon of coriander powder
  • 2table spoons of pilau masala and 50ml of vegetable oil


  1. In a cooking pot, saute the slices onions with a drizzle of oil for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, garlic paste, salt, pilau masala, turmeric and coriander powder and cook for another 5 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped meat and stir until the meat is cooked.
  4. Add 2 and a half cups of water to the pot and leave it to boil.
  5. Add the rice and simmer.
  6. Lower the heat until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed
  7. Remove the pot from heat and cover it with a lid for about 5 minutes. Fluff the pilau with a fork and serve while hot.

Liz Memoh


  • Half a kg beef
  • 2cups rice
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Pilau masala
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Cooking oil


  1. Boil your meat and let it dry
  2. Slice your onions . I used 2 large purple onions and a whole garlic you mash it to make a paste.
  3. Then fry your onions till light brown then add the garlic and keep stirring till it turns dark brown.
  4. Add tomato puree or mashed tomatoes stir and let it cook.
  5. Add your pilau masala and little salt then add meat.
  6. Stir well then add your rice and water depending on the cup of rice.
  7. Once you see water is almost clearing out cover and reduce heat serve with kachumbari, juice or cold milk. Enjoy!

Jeniffer Njuguna

Sweet pilau with raisins (serves 3)


  • 200g pishori rice, cleaned
  • 150g pre-boiled boneless goat, cubed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • ½ cup dried raisins, washed
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a heavy saucepan, fry the onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Add the goat meat and salt and stir. Ensure the spices coat the meat well.
  3. After 10 minutes, add the grated carrot and stir evenly.
  4. Wash the rice and stir it into the meat and spices.
  5. Let it cook in the juices for three minutes, stirring often to prevent it sticking to the base.
  6. Add 350ml goat meat stock, still hot, or boiled water, and stir in. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and let it simmer under a cover with a vent for 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the dried raisins over the top before the moisture dries out.
  9. Serve in a hot dish, ensuring that the raisins are incorporated well…..bon appetit!

Linda Oguok


  • 2 cups of basmati rice
  • 1/2kg of Meat
  • Salt
  • 1tbs Pilau masala/ pilau mix
  • 5cloves of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger
  • Tomato paste
  • 3 bulb onions
  • Cooking oil


  1. Boil your meat till tender and set aside
  2. In a cooking pan on a medium heat, fry the onions for a minute then add garlic and ginger paste. Fry till golden brown.
  3. Add tomato paste stir and add your pilau masala/ pilau mix and little salt then add your cooked meat .
  4. Stir well and cover for some few minutes let’s say 2-3 mins so that the spices soak well into the beef.
  5. Add your  basmati rice and mix in well then add 4 cups of water and let it cook on a medium heat till water is almost dry.
  6. Reduce the heat
  7. Serve with kachumbari or steamed cabbages.

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