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East African Pelau

East African Pilau Rice – Quick , Easy Flavored packed vegan rice – with tons of spices Great for meat lovers too!
Course Sides
Cuisine African
Keyword quick and easy, rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 330kcal
Author Immaculate Bites

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil/butter/Ghee
  • 1 teaspoons cumin spice
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom spice
  • ¼ teaspoon curry spice
  • ½ teaspoon star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flake optional
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ teaspoon white/black pepper
  • 1 small jalapenos pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup cashew optional
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1-2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cups Liquid Broth or water, and or coconut milk
  • teaspoon salt or more adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a saucepan with oil/ butter. Sauté the cashews for about 2 -3 minutes.
  • Then add all the spices – cumin, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, curry, cardamom and paprika, stir for about 1 minute. Throw in the garlic, ginger, jalapeños pepper and onions. Continue cooking for another minute. Add tomatoes, bell pepper and continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes
  • Stir in rice , cook for about 2 minutes, then add 4 cups of broth /coconut milk, salt and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover  and simmer until rice is completely cooked- about 18- 20 minutes. As the rice cooks you may add more stock if needed. Fluffy, remove cinnamon stick, bay leaf and serve

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 722mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1195IU | Vitamin C: 39.1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg