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Beef Pilau

This easy Beef Pilau Recipe is a kid-friendly weeknight meal perfect for introducing the flavors of Kenya into your weekly meal rotation. With familiar ingredients and flavors, this quick dinner will quickly be a family favorite.

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beef pot roast

Main Ingredient

Beef Pilau – 1.5 teaspoon smoked paprika – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper – 1/2 ground cardamom – 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger – 1/2 cinnamon stick – 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves – 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil – 1 red onion, sliced into thin slices – 2 cloves garlic, minced – 1/2 cup cilantro, divided – 1 1/2 pounds beef pot roast, cut into 1" cubes with excess fat removed. – 6 baby yellow potatoes, diced – 2 cups shredded carrots – 2 roma tomatoes, diced – 2 1/2 cups unsalted chicken stock – 1 bay leaf – 1 1/2 cups basmati rice


Kachumbari – 2 sweet mini peppers, diced – 1 tomato, diced – 1/3 red onion, diced small – 1/8 cup cilantro, diced – juice from 1/2 a lemon – pinch of salt


Beef Pilau Recipe


6 Servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Total Time

1 Hour



1. In a small bowl, mix together the smoked paprika, cumin, pepper, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and cloves, and set aside.


2. In a large enamened cast iron pot (wider than it is tall), heat 2 Tablespoons oil over medium-high heat.


3. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is starting to become translucent and brown in places, abdout 7-10 minutes.


4. Add in the spices, garlic, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves, and stir until combined and fragrant, about 30 seconds.


5. Add in the beef cubes and sear, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.


6. Add in the diced potatoes, shredded carrots, diced tomatoes, broth and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.


7. Stir in the rice.


8. Boil for 5 minutes, then turn down the heat to medium-low and cover.


9. Cook, covered, on medium-low for 20 minutes.


10. While the beef pilau cooks, make the kachumbari.


11. Make the kachumbai by combing the diced tomato, red onion, cilantro, sweet mini pepper, salt, and lemon juice together in a medium bowl. Stir to combine and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.


12. When the beef pilau is done, sprinkle with remaining freshly cilantro.


13. Serve with Kachumbari...



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