Pilau rice is a fragrant and delicious fried rice recipe. It was introduced into East Africa by East Indian settlers. This is a favorite Swahili (East Africa Coastal tribe) made often in many different variations.

The ingredients used in this recipe are readily available at your local store.

To Make this recipe, you will need the following:


1 Cup Basmati Rice
1 Tbsp Pilau Spice Mix
2 Tbsp Olive Oil ¼ Cup Onions (diced) 1¼ Cups Broth (Chicken or Beef)
¼ Cup Thick Coconut Milk


  1. Turn heat to medium high. In a medium sized saucepan, put in Basmati Rice, Pilau Spice Mix, Oil and Onions. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onions and spices start to brown.
  2. Add Broth and Coconut milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes or until rice is tender.
  4. Turn off heat and remove the pan from the stove. You can serve it immediately or place in a warm oven until ready to serve.


Here are a list of other dishes that you could serve this recipe with: