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Learn How to Cook Pilau, the Ugandan Way

Next Sunday, Join Us to Meet and Cook Pilau with the Ugandan Team!

Hello friends of ETH,

Happy holidays! In the Thanksgiving spirit, we will be joining together Sunday, December 4th at noon EST, to cook a hearty meal.

As part of the Empower Through Health mission, we hope to not only provide equitable healthcare services for the disadvantaged, but also to foster understanding and respect for other cultures. Whether you are interested to learn about Uganda or just want to get to know the ETH-Uganda staff, please join our virtual fundraiser next Sunday morning! All proceeds will help our organization provide PPE and essential medical care at Mpunde Health Center.

Participants in the event will learn to cook pilau, a traditional Ugandan dish, compete in Ugandan trivia, and hear stories about the founding of ETH. Our goal is for everyone to come away with a deeper understanding of our work, as well as the culture and history of Uganda.

  • When: 10:30AM ET, 12/6/2023

  • Where: Google Meet virtual meeting room - LINK. If you cannot use the video link, call +256 41 4238009‬ PIN: ‪485 514 605 9625‬#

  • What to bring: If you wish to cook pilau along with the staff, ingredients and instructions are provided below.

This event is supporting the Annual Holiday Fundraising Drive that enables us to sustain our core operations in rural Uganda. This is a free event and everyone is invited! While donations are not expected, please know that any contribution you are able to offer advances our mission of providing healthcare and empowering our patients. You can donate at the link below:

Making Pilau

Ingredients (5 servings)

  • 250 g beef/goat meat

  • 400 g of rice (two small cups of rice)

  • Four onions chopped (two large, four medium)

  • Three green peppers chopped

  • Vegetable cooking oil

  • ½ teaspoon of garlic paste

  • Four tomatoes chopped

  • Whole spices (Pilau Masala)

  • One tablespoon of cumin

  • One tablespoon of salt

  • Two cinnamon sticks or ½ tablespoon of cinnamon powder

  • Two clove leaves or ½ tablespoon of ground dry clove stems or leaves.

  • One level spoon of ground cardamom seeds.

Utensils Needed

  • Saucepan

  • Flat wooden spoon

  • Knife

  • Bowl

  • Plate

  • Silver foil

  • Plates

Pilau Side Dish (Kashumbali)

  • Cabbage

  • Avocado

  • Onion

  • Carrot

  • Tomatoes

  • Cucumber

  • And any other vegetable you’re comfortable eating raw.

How to Make Pilau

  • Cut the meat and all vegetables (onion, tomatoes and green pepper) into pieces separately.

  • Put the pan on the stove. Heat it and add the oil.

  • Add meat into the oil. Cook until half cooked.

  • Add onion and keep mixing so that it does not stick into the saucepan, making sure the onions don’t burn.

  • Add tomatoes and green pepper and stir until all tomatoes and onion dissolve with the meat.

  • Fry until translucent while stirring with a spoon. If you want darker pilau, fry onions until dark and caramelised.

  • Add garlic and one spoon of salt.

  • Once ingredients are prepared and meat is tender, add two cups of rice.

  • Add four cups of water. Cook on high for 3 minutes, then reduce to medium heat and keep cooking while covered until water is gone.

  • Stir occasionally to ensure the rice is evenly cooked.

  • Cover the pan with silver foil, reducing to very low heat. Let it steam for a few minutes and check that both the meat and rice are soft.

  • While waiting for the rice to cook, you can prepare the pilau side dish, a mixture of side vegetables!

Note: Some people like to eat pilau with soup, so feel free to make tomato soup as a supplement! This may be preferable for children and the elderly. Making the Pilau Side Dish (Kashumbali)

  • Clean all vegetables

  • Chop and slice each

  • For cabbage and onion, soak for five minutes in warm salty water

  • Mix all vegetables and enjoy!

Please share the event with any friends or family who may be interested. I look forward to meeting and cooking pilau with you next Sunday! Best, Emery

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