Steps for making kenyan chicken pilau.
½ kg or 10-12 pieces of chicken
1 cup of Rice (Biryani or Basmati rice)
2 onions chopped
2 cups of water
½ tsp of Tumeric
Oil to fry
2 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp of Ginger Paste
A bit of pepper
1 tbsp whole cumin seeds
½ tsp Whole Pepper
2 Cinnamon sticks
Step 1: Wash rice thoroughly and soak for 30 minutes.
Step 2: In a large cooking pan and heat oil.
Step 3: Add the whole spices; cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves.
Step 4: Let the spices splutter in the oil (around 30 seconds) and add your chopped onions. Fry them until they are translucent stirring with a wooden stick. If you love darker chicken pilau, fry the onions until they are dark and caramelised.
Step 5: Add the chicken, turmeric, garlic and ginger paste, salt.
Step 6: Stir and cook for 7 minutes until lightly browned.
Step 7: Once your chicken is browned, add in the rice (drain all the water from rice before adding it to the chicken) and stir well.
Step 8: Next, add in 2 cups of water and stir. At this stage, taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your likeness
Step 9: Cover your pot and allow the chicken pilau to cook until all the water is drained for 20-25 minutes under low medium heat.
Step 10: After 20-25 minutes, switch off the heat and set it aside for 7 minutes before serving. Next, uncover and fluff the chicken pilau with a fork and serve.