Rice is a staple in many cuisines and each culture has its own versions of this popular ingredient. However, when I think of rice, the first thing I think of is pilau. I love pilau in all forms. Whether it is a mutton pilau or a vegetable pilau or a chicken pilau.
I make this pilau recipe a lot. The difference between this keema pilau recipe and my mutton pilau recipe is that this recipe is made in one pot. A lot of experience, time and motherhood has helped me evolve how to make a delicious pilau with the intense pressure of the demands of my young children.
I have made this keema pilau much more approachable for mothers. Being a busy mother myself, who really doesn’t need the extra hassle (or dishes!) to deal with, but still wants to cook a family dinner this made me develop this recipe.
I love using this lamb keema pilau for dinner because I know it will be guaranteed to go down well. Usually, I serve it with my homemade raita, which my daughter makes.
That’s usually how I serve it when it is just me, my husband, and my kids. However, for dinner parties and larger events, I serve it with my lamb curry and a variety of different starters.
This keema rice recipe is perfect for large family gatherings because you can easily double, even TRIPLE, the recipe to feed more people. When it comes to brown the onions, it’s important that you add a splash of water. This allows the onions to release their colour and become caramelised.
I usually like to use lamb meat or chicken, but a lot of keema recipes do use beef mince. Keema refers to minced meat, so you could use whichever meat you prefer.
The colour of these onions at this point is what will determine the end colour of the rice. If the onions are not browned properly the rice grains will end up looking white, almost like boiled rice. Although the taste will be there, it won’t look like a pilau!
Without the array of spices, any pilau recipe is incomplete. I use a wide range of aromatic whole spices for my yakhni. The long list may seem daunting for those who aren’t familiar with them, but they all bring wonderful flavours together to make delicious rice.
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You have forgotten to add rice in the written instructions after No. 8.
I would like to try this but i wanted to add potatoes…how do you recommend i do that if possible?