Pilau is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown color by being stirred with bits of cooked onion, as well as a large mix of spices.

  • Recipe serves:10
  • Preparation time65 min
  • Cooking time20 min


  • 1/2 kilo meat (cubed and cooked)
  • 1 kilo rice
  • 1-cup ghee Or salad oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 Thumb-nail fresh ginger root crushed
  • 5 crashed cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 kilo of peeled potatoes
  • 4 cups hot water or stock from the cooked meat
  • Salt to taste


  • To make sure you get lovely fluffy rice, wash it in several changes of cold water, then leave to soak for about 30 minutes in fresh cold water.
  • If you don't have time for this, place in a sieve and wash under the cold tap for a minute or so.
  • Cook the onion in the butter for around 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the spices, saffron and bay leaves and cook for a couple more minutes.
  • The rice should have absorbed all the water and will just need fluffing up with a fork.
  • Add a knob of butter before serving.