Pilau Masala Vegetarian Rice

Pilau Masala

I don’t normally do vegetarian dishes, but this simple rice dish, known as Pilau Masala is so amazing, just as it is. So here it is, with just a few warm beans on the top, just to touch it off just a little bit.

The beauty of this Tanzanian dish is that it is pretty simple to make and, yes, you could add some meat if you want to, but do me a favor and try it just as it is here. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Seriously. The hardest part of the dish is assembling the spices (and that’s not really that hard). The rest is to make the “dirty” rice, add the vegetables and get some warm black or brown beans.

After that, it’s time to get ready to eat.

Pilau Masala Vegetarian Rice
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. Pilau spice
  2. 1 1/2 Tbsp. cumin
  3. 1 Tbsp. cardamon
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp. cloves
  7. 2 cups raw rice
  8. 4 cups cold water
  9. 1 large onion, diced
  10. 1 large green pepper (or red) diced
  11. 1 large carrot diced
  12. 1 cup diced celery
  13. 3 cloves garlic minced
  14. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  15. 1 can beans (your choice)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix the pilau spices together. Set aside
  2. In a large dutch oven place the rice and water. Add 1 Tablespoon of pilau spice to water and begin cooking on high. When it begins to boil, turn to a simmer (low), stir and cover.
  3. In a fry pan add the olive oil, and vegetables. cook until tender (about 5 minutes or so). Add to rice, stir and cook until all liquid is absorbed.
  4. Add beans, heat til warmed. serve warm in bowls. Salt and pepper to taste.
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