8 to 10 servings
- Basmati rice — 3 cups
- Oil — 1/2 cup
- Stewing lamb or beef, cubed — 2 pounds
- Onions, thinly sliced — 2
- Garlic, minced — 3 or 4
- Cinnamon — 1 stick
- Cardamom pods — 8 to 10
- Cumin seeds — 2 teaspoons
- Whole cloves — 6 to 8
- Stock or water — 2 or 3 cups
- Salt and pepper — to taste
- Carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks or shredded — 3
- Sugar — 1/4 cup
- Raisins, soaked in water and drained — 1/2 cup
- Ground cardamom — 1 teaspoon
- Salt — to taste
- Sliced almonds, toasted — 1/2 cup
- Garam masala — 2 teaspoons
- In a large bowl, wash and drain the rice in 2 or 3 changes of water. Add more water to cover and set the rice aside to soak for 1 to 2 hours.
- Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium flame and, working in batches, brown the meat on all sides. Remove the meat to a plate and set aside.
- Add the onions to the hot oil and sauté until cooked through and softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and whole spices and saute for another minute or so.
- Return the meat to the pot and pour in the stock or water along with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fork tender.
- Strain the meat, onions and spices from the simmering broth and set aside, reserving the broth.
- Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil in a saute pan or large pot over medium flame. Add the carrots and saute for 1 to 2 minutes to soften. Stir in the sugar and continue to cook for 1 or 2 more minutes to lightly caramelize the sugar, taking care not to let it burn.
- Remove from heat and carefully stir in 1 cup of the reserved broth. (Be careful. It may splatter a bit). Then stir in the raisins, cardamom and salt to taste and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drain the soaked rice and stir it into the boiling water. Return to a boil and cook the rice for 3 or 4 minutes. Then drain the rice, discarding the water, and place it into a large bowl.
- Lightly oil or grease the inside of an large ovenproof pot with a lid. Mix the remaining broth with the reserved rice. Spread half the rice smoothly over the bottom of the greased pot. Spread the reserved meat and onions evenly over the rice. Top the meat with the carrots and raisins. Finally, layer the remaining rice smoothly over the other ingredients in the pot.
- Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke four or five holes through to the bottom of the pot. These holes allow excess liquid to boil out of the rice so that it doesn’t get soggy. Cover the top of the pot with a clean kitchen towel. This keeps condensed steam from dripping back onto the rice. Finally top the pot with a tight-fitting lid and fold the overhanging towel over the lid.
- Set the pot over medium-high flame for 3 to 5 minutes. Next reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest, covered, for another 10 minutes.
- Gently stir the rice and meat together with a large fork. Mound the pulao on a large serving dish and garnish with the toasted almonds and a sprinkling of garam masala. Serve warm.
KABULI PULAO VARIATIONS
- Meats: Feel free to substitute stewing beef for the lamb. Or for a lighter dish, use cubed chicken breast or thigh meat. Chicken won’t have to simmer as long to become tender.
- Dried Fruit: Use golden raisins (sultanas), a mix of golden and black raisins or some dried apricots.
- Nuts: Use pistachios or a mix of pistachios and almonds.
- Toasting the Nuts: Heat an ungreased saute pan or skillet over medium flame. Add the nuts, stirring occasionally until they are lightly browned and release their aroma. Remove immediately to a plate to avoid overbrowning and set aside to cool. You can also spread the nuts on a baking sheet and toast in a 400° oven.
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Basic Ghanaian Gravy
- 2medium onions, diced
- 8tomatoes, Romas preferred
- 1⁄2cup vegetable oil
- 1teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1⁄2teaspoon thyme
- 1green pepper, diced (optional)
- Heat oil in frying pan and saute onions until soft, but not brown.
- Add tomatoes, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt and thyme (plus green pepper is using).
- Fry for 30 minutes until tomatoes are soft and deep red in color.
Source : www.geniuskitchen.com
Domada (Gambian Peanut Stew)
The national dish of Gambia. A thick, saucy stew served over rice.
: The Daring Gourmet, www.daringgourmet.com
- 1 lb beef steak or 1 lb chicken breast, cut into ½ inch chunks (or use bone-in chicken pieces and simmer them in the sauce; once cooked leave the pieces whole or remove the meat from the bones and add it back to the stew.)
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- ½ can (3 oz) tomato paste
- ¾ cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter
- 4 Maggi or Knorr tomato bouillon cubes
- 3 cups water
- Scotch bonnet chilies, diced, according to heat preference
- 4 cups pumpkin or sweet potato, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oil in large Dutch oven. Saute the onions until golden. Add the beef and garlic and continue to sauté until the beef is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chilies, peanut butter and stir to combine. Add the water and bouillon cubes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add squash, cover, and continue to cook for 35-40 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
- Serve hot with rice. This stew tastes even better the next day.
How to cook Nigerian Jollof Rice
· Red Pepper (Tatase)
· Plum Tomato
· Fresh Tomatoes
· Scotch Bonnet (Rodo)
· Knorr Cubes
· Tomato Puree
· Jollof Rice Seasoning
· Knorr Aromat Seasoning
· Vegetable Oil
· All Purpose Seasoning
· Mixed Herbs
· Easy Cook Long Grain Rice
· Heat the Vegetable oil in a pot for 5-6 minutes, you need this piping hot.
· Blend the plum tomatoes, onion, scotch bonnet, red pepper together and add it to the piping hot vegetable oil.
· Season the mixture in the pot with Knorr cubes, Jollof rice seasoning, all purpose seasoning, mixed herbs, Aromat seasoning and salt, then stir in.
· Leave to fry for 15 minutes.
· After 15 minutes, add the washed rice, then the tomato puree and mix together.
· Add the bay leaves for aroma; this gives the meal a unique taste too.
· Add a small quantity of water, you don’t need a lot as the rice needs to steam cook.
· Leave to steam cook on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes.
· Add fresh tomatoes and onions to garnish and leave to cook for another 5 minutes. Great job!
Source : www.nigerianfoodchannel.com