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swahili pilau broth

Swahili Pilau Recipe

Swahili pilau is an aromatic, one pot dish that your family will love.
Course dinner
Cuisine swahili
Keyword rice, rice pilau, swahili recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 863kcal
Author Jen


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 large onion sliced
  • 12 grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp pilau masala or garam masala
  • 12 small potatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk


  • Poach the diced chicken in 4 cups of water until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Once cooked, drain and keep the liquid.
  • Saute the onions, in canola oil, until soft...add garlic and ginger...continue to cook down onions, about 5 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and tomatoes...cook until potatoes begin to soften, about 10 minutes...sprinkle in pilau masala or garam masala...stir and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Return diced chicken to pan and add 3 cups of the reserved poaching liquid and bring to the boil…once boiled add the rice. Let the dish simmer until the rice is softened and the liquid has been absorbed. If the liquid is absorbed before the rice is cooked add the coconut milk.


Nutrition Info is to be used as a rough guide only. Nutrition Info is based on the products I am using and you may not be using the same products/brands. Thus the Nutrition Info may vary.


Calories: 863kcal | Carbohydrates: 134g | Protein: 46.2g | Fat: 16.5g | Saturated Fat: 5.9g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 3337mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 1210mg | Iron: 1.1mg