Pilau Rice with Beef Stew

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Pilau Rice with Beef Stew is a Tanzanian meal that is about as hearty, filling, and tasty as you could ever want.

Pilau Rice with Beef Stew Recipe-

Ingredients:
For the Beef Stew-
  • 1 lb. beef chuck roast meat, chopped into very small pieces and salted to taste
  • 2 carrots, peeled and fine chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and fine chopped
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and fine chopped
  • 4 onions, peeled and fine chopped
  • Yellow curry powder, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Dried coriander leaves, to taste
  • Seasoning salt, to taste
  • Crisco cooking oil
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro), rough chopped, for garnish
For the Pilau Rice-
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. yellow curry powder
  • 8 oz. fresh or frozen green peas
  • 4 tbsp. garam massala (special African seasoning, and a must have ingredient)
  • 3 onions, peeled and fine chopped
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, and fine chopped
  • Crisco oil
  • Salt, to taste
Directions:
For the Beef Stew-
  1. Sauté the onions in Crisco until they have browned, then add in the tomatoes and green pepper, stirring everything together.
  2. Keep cooking and stirring as you add in the carrots, black pepper and coriander.
  3. When the carrots are becoming soft, add in the meat.
  4. As soon as the meat is well browned, add in the curry powder and salt to taste.
For the Pilau Rice-
  1. Sauté the onions in Crisco until softened, translucent, and fragrant, then add in the tomatoes.
  2. Boil the peas until tender.
  3. In a medium to large sized cooking pot, place the rice and water, and bring to a boil. Add in the garam massala and (optional) some salt, to taste.
  4. When the water starts boiling, add in the peas, reduce the heat to just a lively simmer, and cook with a lid slightly ajar until the rice is well done.
To Serve-
  1. Place a generous mound of the Pilau Rice on each serving plate, then ladle some of the stew over the rice.
  2. Garnish each serving of your Pilau Rice with Beef Stew with a liberal sprinkling of fresh cilantro.

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