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

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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

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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…..

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