Tanzanian Pilau Rice

by - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hey Foodies, so this is a Food Collaboration with my girl Noorslife from Canada.

She's also a Food and Lifestyle vlogger like myself; we both challenged each other to prepare a native dish from our tribe. So she made Nigerian Jollof Rice & I made Tanzanian Pilau Rice.

This dish is very similar to Nigerian Fried Rice, only opting out the mixed veg and adding a few asian spices.

You can also add some chicken pieces if you prefer but I opted that out and decided to serve mine with some assorted meat skewers.

Watch the Youtube video here, and please don't forget to show some love on her Youtube page and on mine of course :-)

Youtube Links for both Noor & I here:- https://www.youtube.com/user/saioladeji/about


  • 1 cup parboiled easy cook Basmati rice 
  • 100ml Olive/vegetable oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onions 
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp Crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • handful of Coriander
  • 2 to 3 cups Boiling plain chicken broth 
  • ¼ – ½ cup Coconut milk 
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp all purpose seasoning
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp Pilau Masala 


Preheat your saucepan for about 5 minutes on medium to low heat. Fry the green & red peppers, onions & scotch bonnet and add the salt and seasonings. Now add the Rice and stir until the translucent color of rice starts to turn white. Now add the garlic, ground ginger, thyme and pilau masala. Continue to stir until the garlic is cooked. Stir for a few minutes.

Whilst this is frying, In a separate bowl, mix the coconut milk with ½ cup of hot chicken broth and add the coconut mixture to the rice. 
As I used a wok, I didn't cover but at this stage, Cover the pot and turn heat to medium to low heat. Cook until the liquid is absorbed. Taste to see if you need to add more salt.
If you opt to bake the Rice, at this stage, you can place it in the oven and bake it  at 180 degrees C until  dry or until cooked and finally add the coriander and leave until cooked.

As I prefer to cook mine on the stove, at this point, add the coriander and stir, leave to cook for few more minutes and it should be ready :-)

Another look of the Rice in my Wok...

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