Pilau – Pilaf

Beef Pilau

Pilau is a specialty along the Swahili Coast in which Rice is flavored with spices and cooked in a well seasoned broth of Meat, Poultry or Fish. It is also a festive Dish which never misses at every special occasion.

Pilau spices
Pilau spices


1/2 kg Basmati rice, washed (for better results I highly recommend Basmati reis)
1/2 kg potatoes – peeled, washed and coarsely chopped
1/2 kg beef, chicken or fish filet – cubed
1 small cup sunflower oil (or any other liquid oil)
4 cups of hot water or broth
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 fresh Ginger, crushed
2 fresh Tomatoes , sliced
2-3 teaspoon Pilau spices
Salt and pepper to taste


Boil beef or chicken with ginger for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and let them boil for 5 minutes then set aside (separate the cooked ingredients from the broth so you can use it later)
Heat oil and fry onions till light brown, add garlic and Pilau spices and on a low heat, fry for 1 minute
Add tomatoes meat/chicken with potatoes and cook till tender
Add rice and ensure to mix everything very well before adding your broth or hot water then stir the mixture very well
Add salt and pepper to taste then cover the pot and cook on medium heat
When the Food is nearly dry, lower down the heat to very low, cover your Pilau with aluminium paper (please avoid newspapers or polythene papers) and place the lid on top. Leave to cook for 10 minutes .
*Here you are, your Pilau is ready!

Serve your Pilau hot with Kachumbari and Pilipili ya Maembe

A banana can also be used for garnishing

*Some like to serve it with a tasty tomato sauce or beef/chicken stew on the side which is also very nice….

Pilipili ya Maembe – Homemade Mango Chutney


Sometimes we tend to lose our appetites and just wonder if there is something we could combine with our daily meals to improve our appetite. Well here is something you could try at home, simple and easy to do.


1 Ripe Mango, peeled and sliced
1 Fresh Ginger, minced
1 Small Onion, chopped
5 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
A bunch of fresh coriander
1 green pepper
10 hot chilies
1 cucumber (Optional)
1/4 cup vinegar or Juice of 1 Lime
2 tsp olive Oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Add  all the ingredients into a blending machine including vinegar and olive oil. Blend the mixture till its think.

Season with salt and pepper. There you go!

Option 1.
Pour the mixture into a glass bottle and keep it in a cool and dry place, its ready to use!
Option 2.
Pour the mixture in a pot and on a low temperature let it cook for 25 minutes, stir up from time time.
*Can be served to different dishes or snacks e.g rice, chicken or bajia among others

Chatne - Chachandu ya Maembe – Mango Chutney


This is just one type of Chutney as there are many many more made of Papaya, Coconut, Carrots e.t.c

Kachumbari – Fresh Tomato and Onion Salad


Kachumbari is a Swahili name for fresh Tomato and Onion Salad which is common in East Africa especially Kenya and Tanzania. It consists of fresh Ingredients and its very easy and quick to make.



3 – 4 Tomatoes
1 Medium red onion
Juice of one small lime
2 tsp Olive oil
Salt and ground pepper to taste
2 chilies (Optional)
Fresh garden coriander and a slice of avocado for garnishing

Slice onions into thin rings, put them into a bowl, add a small amount of salt and rinse them with cold water to reduce acidity
Add sliced tomatoes, chilies and coriander.
In a separate bowl, mix together lime juice, Olive oil and toss the mixture into the Kachumbari. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Garnish with avocado if any!  Enjoy…..

Kachumabri Salad 2


This is the Original version but shredded carrots might also be added.