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Persian style rice with pomegranate, pistachio and raisins

This is a recipe for especial night in Iranian calendar. Yalda (20th of December) is one of traditional events in Iran which marks as longest and darkest night of the year. In this special night, family members and friends gather together for dinner and it lasts until midnight. During the night we celebrate with tasty traditional meals, nuts and fruits such as : pistachio, almond, walnuts, dries apricots, prunes, pomegranates, watermelon and figs. And meals such as I am going to share recipe with you.
Other beautiful entertaining in Yalda night is divination by poem book of a famous Persian poet ‘ Hafez from Shiraz’.
So, let’s go to recipe for this night. Rice with pomegranate, pistachio and raisins it is soooooooo delicious, colourful and full of flavour. Combination of rice with tiny meatballs is just heavenly good. It is a MUST and you need to try 🙂

2 cup rice
200 g ground beef
1 onion, grated
1 ½ cup pomegranate seeds
1/3 cup silvered pistachio
½ cup raisins
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tsp coriander powder
Salt – chili powder to taste
Saffron water

In a bowl, add ground beef and grated onion. Season with salt and pepper. Combine it very well and shape as small meatballs. Fry them in a pan until golden brown, set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan, add raisins and sauté for 2 minutes. Add silvered pistachio, chopped coriander, and pomegranate seed and stirring in for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Now, wash the rice. Soak rice with salt and water for 1 hour. Bring water to boil, drain salty water fo rice and add it to boiled water. Let it to cook for 10 minutes. Place a colander in the sink. Drain para cooked rice in the colander and rinse with tap water.
Pour some oil in the pot, place a sheet of flat bread on the bottom of pot, and add a layer of rice top of the bread. Then sprinkle 2 scoop of sauteed pistachio mixture and saffron water on the rice .Again repeat with other layer of rice and top it with pistachio mixture. Cover the pot and allow cooking for 10 minutes.
Once rice is ready, serve it on a plate with fried meat balls and crunchy bread from bottom of pot.


انار پلو با پسته و کشمش
انار پلو یکی از غذاهای سنتی هست که برای شب یلدا تدارک دیده میشود. شب یلدا در تقویم ایرانی به عنوان بلندترین و تاریک ترین شب سال ذکر شده است. در این شب افراد خانواده و دوستان تا نیمه شب به شادی و خواندن دیوان حافظ می پردازند همراه با غذاهای لذیذ سنتی برای شب یلدا و میوه هاو آجیل مخصوص این شب –
دستور غذای پیش رو فوق العاده خوشمزه- پر از رنگ های شاد و مزه. ترکیب این پلو با کوفته قل قلی های سرخ شده مزه ی بی نهایت مطبوعی را بوجود میاورد و باید حتمن امتحان کنید.


مواد لازم

دو پیمانه برنج

دویست گرم گوشت چرخ کرده

یک عدد پیاز رنده شده

یک پیمانه و نیم دانه ی انار

یک سوم پیمان خلال پسته

نصف پیمانه کشمش

دو ق غ گشنیز خرد شده

یک ق چ پودر گشنیز

نمک و فلفل به میزانی لازم




طرز تهیه
ابتدا گوشت چرخ کرده را با پیاز رنده شده – نمک و فلفل مخلوط کنید و گوشت را به صورت کوفته های ریز در آورید. در ورغن سرخ کنید تا رنگ گوشت برگشته و خوب سرخ شوند. کوفته ها را برای آخر کار نکه دارید.
مقداری روغن را در تابه گرم کرده و کشمش ها را بیفزایید. 3-2 دقیقه تفت دهید. سپس پسته های خلال شده- گشنیز خرد شده و دانه های انار را نیز بیفزایید و برای 3 دقیقه ی دیگر تفت داده و سپس از روی حرارت بردارید

برنج را به مرحله ی آبکش برسانید. ته دیگ نان یا سیب زمینی را در قابلمه گذاشته و یک لایه از برنج آبکش شده را روی ته دیگ بریزید و روی برنج 3-2 ق غ از مخلوط پسته و آب زعفران پخش کنید. باز یک لایه برنج و یک لایه از مخلوط پسته و برنج را دم کنید.
برنج آماده شده را با کوفته های سرخ شده سرو کنید.



Hello everyone, my name is Rozina. I am Iranian with Azerbaijani roots. I was raised in Iran but I am living in Scotland. I am passionate about cooking and preparing meals for my family and friends. I tell them the story behind the meal, the pronunciation of their Iranian name and the spices that used in Persian cuisine. I am an archaeologist, photographer, a cooking teacher, and very interested to introduce Persian and Azerbaijani meals, desserts and beverages to people from different cultures, as I love to try food from all over the world. Iranian cuisine is a combination of rice with meat ( chicken, beef, lamb, fish, turkey), nuts, fruits, dried and fresh herbs and vegetables. Iranian food is a celebration of flavor, colour and spices such as: saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, dried rose petals, dried limes, cumin, .... I share my recipes in Farsi/English along with step by step photos of preparation. I take all my own pictures. I have learned my traditional Persian and Azerbaijani recipes from my lovely mother, and she has learned from her mother. Over the years, I have experimented and learned more recipes. Some of my recipes are a fusion Western and Middle Eastern cuisine. Some are forgotten from Persian cooking tables and I try with posting and sharing those ones, to preserve them. All my recipes and pictures are property of rozinaspersiankitchen. I would be pleased if you would mention my site if you wish to use any of them. So, if you are interested to know about Persian /Azerbaijani food taste, you can try my website. I will be glad to hear your ideas about my recipes. :) Thank you for visiting my website.

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