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Kenyan Beef And Potato Pilau By Kiano Moju

by Kiano Moju • from the video Party Rice Around Africa


for 8 servings

Pilau Masala

  • 2 teaspoons
    ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon
    ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon
    black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon
    ground cloves


  • ¼ cup
    vegetable oil (60 mL)
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons
    ginger, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon
    pilau masala
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup
    fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (10 g)
  • 1 lb
    beef sirloin, cubed (455 g)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 lb
    potato, waxy, peeled and cut into 1 inch (2 cm) chunks (455 g)
  • 4 cups
    water (960 mL)
  • 2 cups
    basmati rice (400 g)



  1. Make the pilau masala: In a medium bowl, combine the cumin, paprika, cardamom, black pepper, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and red onion and sauté for 10-15 minutes, until dark brown.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, serrano chile, pilau masala, beef stock cubes, cinnamon stick, and cilantro. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Add the beef and cook until browned, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the tomatoes have released their liquid.
  6. Add the potatoes and the water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the rice, stir, and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Enjoy!




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