rice w/ vegetables recipes
Persian style steamed rice w/ vegetables recipes
Polo means 'steamed rice' in the Persian language or Farsi (Arabic pronunciation of Parsi).
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. When choosing which type of rice to buy, select good quality long or extra long grain.
Plain Steamed Rice
Rice with Lentils
Crusty Crunchy Rice
Rice with Lima Beans
Rice with Lentils and Dates
Rice with Barberries
Rice with Tart Cherries
Boiled Sticky Rice
Rice with Noodles
Persian style of cooking rice, is a two step process. The first stage, rice is cooked until slightly tender, before it is drained of all water. The second stage requires the kernels to be steamed, so as to dissipate all moisture, leaving behind light, fluffy, melt in your mouth rice.
The word 'Polo' refers to 'rice' cooked with vegetables.
The word 'Chelo' refers to plain steamed 'rice'.
Chelo / Plain Steamed Rice
Chelo means 'plain streamed rice' in the Persian language. Rice steamed then topped off with saffron. Rice is served on a platter formed in a mound shape. A small portion of rice is dipped in a saffron butter solution, then sprinkled on the mound.
Adas Polo / Rice with Lentils
Adas means 'lentils' in the Persian language. A very tasty and nutritious dish made with Basmati rice steamed with lentils. It's relatively easy to prepare. You can add raisins for extra taste.
Adas Polo recipe
Tahdeeg or Tahdig / Crusty Rice
Tahdeeg literally means 'bottom of the pot" in the Persian language. 'Tah' mean bottom and 'Deeg' means a cooking pot. Persian style plain steamed rice cooked until the rice at the bottom of the pot turns into a golden, crunchy crust. Caution this recipe may cause a commotion at your dinner table.
Baghali Polo / Rice with Lima Beans and Dill-weed
Baghali means 'lima beans' in the Persian language. This is one of my favorite Persian dishes, and not just me! Baghali Polo is a very popular Iranian dish made with steamed rice, lima beans or fava beans and seasoned with dill weed.
Baghali Polo recipe
Adas Polo ba Khorma / Rice with Lentils and Dates
Adas means 'lentils' and Khorma means 'dates' in the Persian language. Persian style plain steamed rice cooked with lentils, called adas polo ba khorma. The lentils and dates not only add a sweet taste, but they make this meal very nutritious.
Adas Polo ba Khorma recipe
Zereshk Polo / Rice with Barberries
Zereshk means 'barberries' and polo means 'rice' in the Persian language. Rice steamed with zesty barberries, topped off with a saffron butter mixture and sprinkled with pistachios.
Zereshk Polo recipe
Albalu Polo / Rice with Sour Cherries
Albalu mean 'cherry' and torsh means 'tart' in the Persian language. Looking for a unique rice recipe with a twist? Try Basmati rice steamed with sour cherries for a sweet and tangy taste.
Albalu Polo recipe
Kateh / Boiled Sticky Rice
Kateh is a Persian style of rice boiled until sticky. It's simple and tasty when prepared correctly. Additionally, you can add dill-weed or caraway seeds to spice up the taste, or add lentils for a nutritious meal.
Resht-eh Polo / Rice with Wheat 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.
Resht-eh Polo recipe