Pilau (Spiced Rice) Recipe – Kenya

Makes 6-8 servings

  • 1 t ground cumin
  • 1 ½ t all spice
  • ½ t black pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 c water
  • 2 c basmati rice

In a medium bowl, combine the cumin, all spice, and black pepper. Set aside. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the oil and red onion and sauté for 10-15 minutes, until dark brown. Add the garlic, ginger, cinnamon stick, and spice mix. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes and the water. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. 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.