DRIED SHARK PILAF/ PILAU YA PAPA MKAVU
Pilaf (popularly called pilau in East Afica) is usually cooked with meat, however, you can try fish for a delicious variation. Here is a basic version for cooking this spiced rice with dried shark (known as papa mkavu in Kiswahili).
There are 2 methods of cooking the dry shark pilaf. All the processes remain the same throughout. The only difference is whether the dried shark is pre-cooked or not before its addition to the rice during the cooking process of cooking the pilaf.
In the first method, you fully cook the dried shark by either frying or 'baking' before adding it in the rice. The second way, you insert the shark, in its raw form in the rice during the cooking process.
This is a matter of personal preference as either way will still produce a fluffy pilaf. Needless to say, the pre-cooked dried fish will be 'more firm' than the uncooked dried shark. Now that we have explained the difference, lets get started!
PREPARING THE DRIED SHARK AND OTHER INGREDIENTS:
METHOD: HOW TO COOK DRIED SHARK PILAF/PILAU
MORE INFORMATION &TIPS
1) The water can be substituted with coconut milk, ending up with Dried shark pilaf in coconut milk. The process stays the same, the only variable will be the type of liquid used!.
2)To ensure that you do not get a soggy snack, ensure the rice is fully drained after washing so that the water measurements for cooking are not off balanced.
3) The amount of water added to cook the pilau will affect the end result. Too much water will result in a sticky pilau but too little will result in uncooked rice. The secret for a perfect textured grains is to have the right amount of water. The ratio of rice to liquid is usually 1:2, so the total amount for the pilau, which includes the broth from the cooked meat should all total up to the final amount of liquid required.
Use the same container for measuring the rice and water.
4) Washing the rice ensures that most of the starch (and other yuck) is washed away therefore causes less sticking of the cooked grains.
5) The type of rice will affect the end results. Basmati rice is best for single grained when cooked.