Lamb Pilau Recipe

By Achieng Otieno of Jikoni Delights.

Lamb pilau recipe


  • Basmati rice
  • Lamb
  • Spices-in seeds
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh garlic
  • Turmeric
  • Pilau masala
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Onions
  • Food color-(optional)
  • Tomatoes ( for garnish and for later use as a side dish)

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I like to use fatty meat for Pilau; be it beef, chicken or lamb. This is to give the Pilau some flavor and to keep it moist.
 Boil your meat (I do this so I can get stock from the meat instead of using water in the Pilau). I will measure the stock in cups so I know how much rice to add in. (e.g. if my stock is 4 cups, I’ll use 2 cups of rice). 
Boiling the lamb will also make it tender if it wasn’t.

Lightly roast the whole spices in the pan with no oil.

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Then grind them (use ground spices if you have).
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Separate the spices to use only the ground ones. The aroma from these spices is amazing!

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Grind your ginger and garlic together.

Fry the onions in a pan and add garlic/ginger mix.

Add the boiled lamb in the spices mix and cook until nicely browned.Add your ground spices too.

Remember the stock from the boiled lamb? Add it into the lamb and season accordingly.
 Add the basmati rice into the lamb stew. There is an aroma basmati rice has that’s very good with Pilau however, you may use any rice of your choice.
 Balance the stock well to cook the rice.
 A trick I use when cooking Pilau when I don’t have charcoal, I cover the sufuria with a fitting pan and fill it with boiling water so the top cooks nicely and moist without burning.
If you have charcoal, place on a lid covering the Pilau to cook the meal from the top.
 Lower the heat, cover and cook over medium heat. 
After 30 mins -Voila! Aromatic lamb Pilau!
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The Pilau has to be moist and not dry. Pilau is delicious moist so keep an eye when cooking so it doesn’t become too dry.
 Serve as desired with vegetables (I used tomatoes to help balance the spices) and a mild drink or just a glass of water.

Lamb pilau recipe

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This post was done in collaboration with the talented Achieng Otieno, a chef and co-owner of Jikoni Delights, a catering company dealing with preparation, delivery and service of food and beverage in different events. Check their Facebook page for more interesting recipes and check in here every Tuesday for their recipe of the week. Elegant ladies love good food too, right? We hope you try the lamb pilau recipe. Thanks for stopping by and stay elegant.

Xoxo, Dottie. 

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