As the weather gets colder in New England, it’s the perfect season to make this rich, warm dish. The aromas that fill our home while making palau are nostalgic. No matter where I’ve lived or traveled, there is a certain scent that will always make me feel like I’m home. For me it is the homemade Fiji masala that is sautéed with onions and garlic. There really is no describing it. You have to LIVE it to understand. My husband on the other hand is always looking for the incense and a lighter after I’m done cooking, along with opening windows. He doesn’t embrace the aromas as well as I do. Ha ha!
Palau is pretty much a universal dish originating from the middle east. Palau can be found in many regions of the world; from Persian Sheep and Goat Pulao to East African Pilaf Rice or Spanish Seafood Paella, to Indian Biriyani. There are hundreds of recipes for Palau, even in my own family Palau is made many ways.
Our family makes lamb, goat and chicken palau My all time favorite is lamb palau, however without fresh meat on hand, we tend to make chicken palau more often. This is one version of chicken palau, I truly believe that my dad has several ways he makes palau so I’ll just chase him until I have ALL of them!
Living on the East Coast of the US, the Fijian community is small. There are no Fijian shops like you would see on the West Coast. The only way our family would have Fijian Masalas would be if we visited our family in California. This is the reason why my dad primarily makes his Chicken Palau with curry powder and not palau masala. Luckily when I started this blog I was able to get my hands on Punjas Masalas which we sell here on the blog. If you don’t have palau masala for this recipe you can choose to use curry powder.
Fiji Palau Masala that can be purchased here: https://www.savoringfiji.com/product/palau-masala/
If Curry Powder is preferred you can also purchase here: https://www.savoringfiji.com/product/curry-powder/
I would love to hear your variation of this dish, leave it in the comments! Put on this 90’s Bollywood Youtube Mix, and let’s get cooking!