Holiday pilau

Holiday Pilau

Pilau la sikukuu

Traditionally, we start to sauté onions, then garlic, and ginger, then pilau masala then Rise, but, it uses a lot of oil; to help use less oil, I have started with rice first and onions.


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tbsp Pilau masala
  • 1 cup Cashew nuts
  • 1 cup Sultanas/raisins.
  • ½ tsp Saffron (can be replaced with ¼ tsp turmeric)
  • 2 to 3 cups Boiling plain chicken broth or (chicken flavor cube mix in 2 cups of water)
  • ¼ – ½ cup Coconut milk (canned or the first(heavy) discharge of fresh prepared coconut milk
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Crushed Cilantro/Coriander leaves/dhania
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Heat oil on medium heat. Then, add rice and onions. Stir until the translucent color of rice starts to turn white.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and pilau masala. Continue to stir until the garlic is cooked. Then add saffron. Stir for a minute.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix boiling coconut milk with ½ cup of hot chicken broth.
  4. Add the coconut mixture to the rice.
  5. Cover the pot and turn heat to medium-low settings. Cook until the liquid is absorbed. Taste to see if you need to add salt.
  6. (Now you can tranfer to a baking dish if you are going to bake the rice).
  7. Then Add the rest of chicken broth, add cashew nuts, raisins/sultanas and cilantro/coriander leaves, mix well, cover or put in 350F oven to dry or until cooked.
  8. Serve hot with Kachumbari

I first post this in December 2011 at


This is the one salad most Tanzanian kids know and love. Traditionally, raw cabbage is used for this dish. However, I prefer to first slightly steam the cabbage before using it in the salad. For authentic recipe do not add virgin oil.


NB. You can make a quick mix without measuring; the amount of cut tomatoes and cabbage should be equal while the amount of onions should be about 1/2 or 1/3 of tomatoes.

  • 1 lb. (1/2 kg) Tomatoes (Cut tomatoes in about 1/2 a centimeter thin slices)
  • 1/4 lb. or 1 cup Cabbage (Cut cabbage in very thin strips of about 4 to 6 centimeters long)
  • 1/4 cup Red Onions (Cut red onions in very thin slices)
  • Hot peppers
  • 1/2 lb. (1/4 kg) Cucumbers (thinly sliced) – Optional
  • 1/2 cup Coriander leaves /cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lemon/lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Salt

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. If needed, add more salt, lemon juice, olive oil and coriander to your taste.
Eat with:

  1. Holiday Pilau

I first post this in September 2009 at