Easter is around the corner and in Tanzania, we really take advantage of such holidays really well, like spending time with our families and cooking the best meals that we could enjoy. Here are some meals you could enjoy this Easter season with your family.
Pilau Rice is that to go meal which you can never go wrong with it. This has become a favourite Tanzanian rice dish. You can have Pilau with meat or chicken.
1 cup Basmati rice Or Mbeya Rice
2 cups chopped chicken breast or ½ Kg of Meat
2 tbsp olive/vegetable oil
½ cup Onions finely chopped
¼ cup green pepper
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp crushed ginger
2 to 3 cups Boiling plain chicken broth or (chicken flavour cube mix in 2 cups of water)
¼ – ½ cup Coconut milk (canned)
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Crushed Coriander
2 tbsp pilau masala
In a medium sufuria, heat the oil over medium heat, then add rice and onions. Stir until the rice loses some of its clearness and will start to turn white.
Then add the crushed garlic and ginger, salt, and pilau masala. Stir for one more minute.
Add ½ a cup of the hot soup and ½ a cup of coconut milk. Stir it then cover the pot, and turn heat to the lowest settings. Scoop in additional soup ½ cup at a time until the rice is cooked. Check on the rice after 5 minutes to see if more liquid is needed, and check every five minutes thereafter.
Biryani is another meal which can easily be enjoyed with your family during the Easter holiday. Like Pilau it can be a vegetable, meat or chicken biryani.
5 lbs goat meat or 5 lbs chicken
4 tablespoons cooking oil
3 medium onions
2 cans diced tomatoes
1⁄4 cup yoghurt
1 teaspoon cumin powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 cinnamon stick
4 teaspoons salt
10 dried plums
1 pinch saffron
9 cups basmati rice
15 cups water
Soak rice for half an hour. Then Put the rice in rice cooker with the 15 cups of water. Cook rice until almost done.
Fry the onions until they turn golden brown. Add the crushed ginger and garlic.
Add tomatoes and cook until dry.
Add meat or your chicken
Cook until meat is done and add water if needed.
Mix saffron with hot water.
Layer rice and meat mixture and sprinkle with saffron mixture.
Meat and Banana Stew
This meal is originated from the Northern Part of Tanzania, but now it’s mostly adapted all over Tanzania especially during the holiday season.
1 Tablespoon of cooking oil
1 lb. of meat ( Beef)
1 lb. stew beef
1 1/2 lb. green bananas
1/2 cut onions
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 large tomato, chopped
1 can coconut milk
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups beef broth (from the beef)
1/2 grated fresh ginger,
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced
Heat up the cooking oil in a medium-size sufuria. Add the onions to the sufuria and cook until its soft. Then add the garlic and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Then Add tomatoes until the liquid thickens. Add bananas, making sure it merges with them as much as possible in the liquid. Bring everything to a boil, then cook it over medium heat, cover it for about 30 minutes, until the beef and bananas are cooked through (test the bananas with a fork; it should slide in easily, but they should not be so soft that they fall apart). If the bananas absorb the liquid before cooking through fully, add remaining stock and return ingredients to a simmer.
Then it’s ready to be served.
Coconut Chicken can be served with normal rice. It’s also one of those to go to meal that you can enjoy with your family. You can never go wrong with coconut chicken.
¼ cup of cooking oil
2 medium sliced onions
4 large crushed garlic
3 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup crushed tomatoes
4 pounds bone-in chicken thighs (about 12 thighs)
A bowl of coconut milk
Lemon wedges (to serve on the side)
Heat the cooking oil in a large sufuria at medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add onions and let it cook 5-7 minutes until softened and starting to brown. Add the crushed garlic and ginger and stir for 20 seconds. Add chopped tomatoes and chicken thighs. Cook it and stir it for 5 minutes.
Add coconut milk. Stir to mix. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer 30-35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Let the chicken sit for a few minutes. Excess fat will rise to the surface and you can remove some of it off with a spoon.
Serve in deep bowls with rice, and enjoy your meal with your family!