Christmas Pilau (in video)

Miriam's Christmas Pilau

Christmas Pilau

I did post this recipe for the first time in December 24 2009 in English and January 22 2010 in Swahili. A few people had hard time with it. I have decided to make a video so that those few people can see how easy it is to prepare this dish.

I have changed the instructions from the first post I did in December 2009 to make the process easier.

As I said on the video, 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.

Christmas Pilau Ingredients

  • 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 Taste of Tanzania Shop
  • 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

–MINGI(Lots of) LOVE–

  7 comments for “Christmas Pilau (in video)

  1. diana mossi
    January 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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  3. January 21, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    i love the recipe, trying this weekend.
    i need to learn as many dishes as possible.
    iam swahil but didnt grow up in tz.
    my husband and in laws expect alot and i need not disappoint

  4. January 21, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    i love the recipe, trying this weekend.
    i need to learn as many dishes as possible.
    iam swahil but didnt grow up in tz.
    my husband expects alot and i need not disappoint

  5. brendan
    December 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Looks great, we are preparing a full xmas buffet in dar es salaam, hams and turkey and many classic dishes inc. Beef wellinton even though its 30+ we will all have soup. Love and all the best from dar

    • December 23, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      I do miss Christmas in Tanzania. Have fun. I will celebrate Christmas with my Daughter, cousin and my nephew only. We won’t cook much.

      Have fun with the buffet, I wish I was there.

      Mingi Love and Merry Christmas.

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