Vegetarian Pilau

Vegetarian Pilau

Pilau Ya Mboga Za Majani

For unknown reasons I kept saying broccoli instead of cauliflower. I always use broccoli in this recipe, for the first time I decided to use cauliflower and I really got myself confused. Hope you will not take that very serious. I could edit it but I did not want too.

I did post this recipe for the first time in December 19, 2013 at 

Plantain futari

Plantain Futari

Futari Ya Ndizi Mzuzu

Most Africa countries prefer fried plantain; Tanzanian however we like to cook as a side dish with coconut mil, roast or just boil with water and salt. This is the way we like our plantain. I can eat this everyday.



  • 4 large plantains
1⁄2 cup chopped onions
1 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp. saffron or turmeric
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
1 cup coconut milk (tui Zito walio East Africa)
2 cups boiling water 
3 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil


  1. Peel the plantain and put in a large bowl covered with room temperature water.
  2. Heat the oil on medium-high heat. Sauté the onions, but do not brown them. Add cardamom and saffron or turmeric and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add coconut milk, water, and salt, and stir until it boils. Reduce the heat to medium. Add plantain. Cover and simmer, adding water as needed to maintain the level until the plantains are soft.
Mango Pickle Photo by Miriam Kinunda


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