A main Persian cuisine style is a combination of rice with meat, either lamb, chicken, or fish along with vegetables and nuts. Fresh herbs are used along with fruits like plums, pomegranates, quince and prunes. Then flavored with saffron, dried limes or cinnamon to make a characteristically Persian taste.
Sabzi Polo va Mahi
Rice w/ fish
Sabzi means 'green herbs' in the Persian language. Basmati rice steamed with fresh parsley, coriander and green onions
Served with brazed or fried fish on the side.Herb Rice with Fish
Rice w/ Tomatoes
Seriously this is such an easy dish to prepare and sure to suite most people's taste. Tasty and spice beef with tomatoes green beans and a sprinkle of raisins bring together the tangy tomatoes and spicy beef.
Some people add potatoes, as well.Tomatoe Beef Rice
Baghali Polo va Gusht
Rice w/ Lima Beans
Baghali means 'lima beans' and gusht means 'meat' in the Persian language.
Basmati rice steamed with dill weed and lima beans and served with lamb stew.Lamb Stew with Herb Rice and Lima Beans
Rice w/ Carrots
Havij means 'carrot' in the Persian language. Nutritious and sweet - Persian style rice steamed with carrots, beef chunks and a dash of cinnamon.Rice with Beef and Carrots
Rice w/ Noodles
Resht-eh means 'noodles' in the Persian language.
Try basmati rice blended with noodles, beef and spices to make a hearty meal called resht-eh polo.Rice with Wheat Noodles
Rice w/ Lentils and Meat
Adas Polo ba Gusht
Adas or addas means 'lentils' and gusht means 'meat' in the Persian language. Basmati rice cooked with lentils, sprinkles with cashews, raisins and spices and served with broiled chicken on the side.Rice with Lentils and Chicken
Rice w/ Cabbage
Kalam means 'cabbage' in the Persian language. Rice steamed with cabbage mixed with spicy browned ground-beef makes for a very delicious and inexpensive meal.Rice with Beef and Cabbage
Dolmeh refers to a 'wrap' and Kalam means 'cabbage' in the Persian language or Farsi (Arabic pronunciation of Parsi).Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Polo means 'steamed rice' in the Persian language or Farsi (Arabic pronunciation of Parsi).
Choosing the best type of rice: Rice is a major part of Persian cuisine. Outside of the country, Iranians reach for 'Basmati rice' which offers a close substitute in terms of flavor and aroma relative to popular homegrown varieties.
The word 'Polo' refers to 'rice' cooked with vegetables.
The word 'Chelo' refers to plain steamed 'rice'.
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