Persian Pomegranate Rice with Pistachio and Raisins

This rice dish is one of recipes for especial night in Iranian calendar which is called Yalda night.
Yalda ( on December 21) is one of traditional events in Iran which marks as longest and darkest night of the year. In other countries like: Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan are also celebrating Yalda night.
Every year, on December 21, Iranians around the world celebrate the arrival of winter, or the last evening of the autumn season and first day of three months Winter. .The celebration of Yalda night is coming from the ancient time. Ancestors of Persians believed in this nigh the force of evil power was at the pick but next day after Yalda belonged to the Lord of Wisdom and is the victory of light over darkness .
Yalda night is one of the most ancient Persian festivals.

People were advised to stay awake most of the night until midnight. So family members and friends would gather in the groups of friends and relatives, 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, figs, pomegranates the jewel of all fruits, and watermelon .
Other beautiful entertaining in Yalda night is divination by poem book of a famous Persian poet ‘ Hafez from Shiraz’.So in Yalda night each member of the family makes a wish and randomly opens the book and asks the eldest member of the family to read it aloud and it will be the interpretation of the wish.
And there are special recipes for this night such as following rice dish, that is combination of Rice with pomegranate, pistachio and raisins which serves with fried meatballs. this is heavenly delicious, colourful and full of flavour meal. Believe me this dish is a MUST and you need to try 🙂

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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. This meal  is a MUST and you need to try 🙂

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Ingredients
2 cups rice, washed and soaked in salted water for 1 hour before cooking
200 g ground beef or lamb
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 – chilli powder to taste

1/2 tsp paprika powder
Saffron water
Olive oil

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Preparation
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.


Bring water to boil, drain salty water of 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.

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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 20-25 minutes.


Once rice is ready, serve it on a plate with fried meat balls and crunchy bread from bottom of pot.

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Persian Pomegranate Rice with Pistachio and Raisins

 

Ingredients
2 cups rice, washed, soaked in the salted water for 1 hour before cooking
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
1/2 tsp paprikar
Saffron water
Oil
Preparation
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 of 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 sautéed 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 20-25 minutes.
Once rice is ready, serve it on a plate with fried meat balls and crunchy bread from bottom of pot.

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