Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice

Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice

This recipe is close to the authentically spicy Pilau Rice which is similar to a biryani, an Indian-inspired dish from Zanzibar. There are many similar dishes throughout Africa, but this one is different in that it is heavy on the cloves. Afterall, the island of Pemba is where all the cloves are grown!
If you wanted to make it a main dish, you could saute chicken cubes or ground beef along with the onion, then add in the rice after it’s browned. Then proceed with recipe.
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Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice
Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice
Servings
Ingredients
Pilau Masala, spice mix
  • 1 tsp Whole Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
Pilau Rice
  • All of above Pilau masala
  • 2 to 3 cups Chicken broth Use Vegetable broth for Vegetarian recipe
  • 1 cup Canned Coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp Minced fresh ginger
  • Cubed chicken, ground beef, or chick peas Optional
Servings
Ingredients
Pilau Masala, spice mix
  • 1 tsp Whole Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
Pilau Rice
  • All of above Pilau masala
  • 2 to 3 cups Chicken broth Use Vegetable broth for Vegetarian recipe
  • 1 cup Canned Coconut milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp Minced fresh ginger
  • Cubed chicken, ground beef, or chick peas Optional
Spicy Zanzibar Pilau Rice
Instructions
Masala
  1. Mix all spice ingredients together and set aside.
Make the Pilau
  1. In a bowl, mix the coconut milk with 1⁄2 cup of the broth.
  2. Heat oil on medium heat in a large pot or skillet with lid, Add rice and onions and bell pepper. Stir until the translucent color of rice starts to turn white.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, and pilau masala. Cook and stir to "wake up" the spices and until garlic begins to soften. Be careful not to burn it!
  4. Add the coconut mixture to the rice. cook and stir until most of liquid is absorbed. Add rest of the broth.
  5. Cover the pot and turn heat down to low. Check the rice intermittently and add broth or water if it seems dry. Cook 15- 20- minutes or until rice is soft and liquid is absorbed.
Recipe Notes

You can use all ground spices if you don't have any whole spices. Substitute  1/2 tsp ground cumin for whole cumin, and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper for peppercorns.

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