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Mauritian Style Pilaf

This recipe comes from Recipes from Mauritius by Madeleine Philippe which is a web site dedicated to recipes from, as you would expect from the title, Mauritius.

"The eating habits of the Mauritians inevitably reflect the ethnic diversity of its people" . . . if you would like to see more of Madeleine's recipes have a look at the web site <click here>


300 grams beef cubed
300 grams chicken pieces
300 grams continental sausages
600 grams basmati rice
4 cups (1000 ml) water
1 medium onion chopped
1 teaspoon garlic crushed
1 teaspoon ginger crushed
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
7 cloves
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon whole black pepper
1/4 cup turmeric
4 curry leaves (or kaffir lime)
Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut the beef and chicken into bite size portions according to your own preferences. Keep in separate containers. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  • Prick the sausages with a tooth pick. Place in a microwave safe covered container and cook in the microwave under high for 8 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bite size portions. Alternatively, you can fry the sausages.
  • Heat the oil in a deep frying pan to simmering point. Fry the chicken pieces until cooked thoroughly and golden brown. Remove the fried chicken pieces from frying pan. Allow oil to drain and place in a container.
  • Fry the cubed beef pieces until golden brown in the same oil. If necessary, add a little more oil to fry the beef.
  • Add the chopped onions, crushed garlic and ginger. Fry until the onions become transparent.
  • Add the chicken pieces, turmeric, curry leaves, chopped coriander, chopped thyme, cloves and whole black pepper. Mix well together and remove pan from heat.
  • Wash rice in running water several times until water runs clear. Drain and place in rice cooker with 4 cups (1000 ml) of water. Start cooking the rice.
  • When water starts boiling, open rice cooker and put all ingredients, including the sausage pieces into the rice cooker. Carefully mix well together. Allow rice to continue cooking until ready.
  • Immediately after rice is cooked, open rice cooker. You will find that the chicken pieces, beef and sausage pieces will have floated to the top. Taking great care, carefully mix all the ingredients together so as to obtain a uniform mix.
  • Close rice cooker and allow to rest for a few minutes. When ready, transfer pilau onto a warm serving dish and eat hot.
  • Serve with a good chatini pomme d'amour (tomato chutney) with chillies.


If you do not have a rice cooker. Use a covered deep saucepan and allow rice to cook as you would normally cook rice. You may have to adjust the water quantity to cook the rice to your desired preferences. Use medium to high heat so as not to burn the rice.

Serves 4

Recipes from Mauritius

© Madeleine Philippe @ Philippe OnLine 2000