How To Cook Pilau In Uganda

What Is Cook Pilau?

Pilau has a wonderful balance of flavors. It is a festive dish, which is never missing during special occasions or events. It’s made with rice cooked in a well-seasoned broth of Meat or chicken. Unlike the Indian pilau, the East African version does not use curry and it’s less spicy


  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 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 (10 g), roughly chopped
  • 1 lb beef sirloin (455 g), cubed
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 lb potato (455 g), waxy, peeled and cut into 1 inch (2 cm) chunks
  • 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!

What does pilau consist of?

The dish consists of rice that is flavored with a variety of spices and cooked in a broth made from meat or fish. Typical spices include ginger, garlic, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and fried onions. This pilau variety is traditionally prepared and served for special occasions and celebrations.

How do you cook pilau with only rice?

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  1. Chop onion then put it in the sufuria with cooking and then stir them until they turn golden brown.
  2. Add garlic and ginger(spices)
  3. Add tomato paste and stir, let it cook as u stir then add black pepper and pilau masala.
  4. Add the rice and stir it till it is mixed well.
  5. Add water and stir then add salt to taste.