Tanzania Pilau Rice easy recipe

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Pilau Rice easy recipe

Tanzania Pilau Rice easy recipe

  • Author: Black Cat
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Tanzanian pilau rice is often difficult to separate from its Indian roots. However, when it comes to African cuisine, pilau is East Africa’s ubiquitous rice dish and it often extends beyond its coastline from Zanzibar into the Indian Ocean islands such as Mauritius.

In this recipe, i will share how to cook Tanzania Pilau Rice A timesaving one, yet delicious for people of all ages.


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp pilau masala (1 tbsp cloves, ½ tsp cumin seeds, ½ tsp black peppercorns, ¼ cinnamon powder, ¼ tsp cardamom powder all crushed and mixed together).


  1. Heat the cooking oil up in a pot over a medium heat
  2. Add the onions and rice and stir continuously until the color of the rice starts to change from translucent to white color.
  3. Add the spices including the ginger and garlic paste and stir for 2 minutes
  4. In another bowl, mix 2 cups of chicken broth and coconut milk. Pour the mixture into the rice pot and stir softly.
  5. Cover the pot and cook on low heat, adding the broth gradually to the rice until it is well cooked.
  6. You can serve this dish with curried meat or with savory dishes.
  • Category: main, rice
  • Cuisine: African, East African


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 384
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 538mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 58g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg

Keywords: Pilau Rice

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