There are two main dishes that are traditionally served in the evening of the Persian new year (Nowruz). One of them is Reshteh polow. This dish is a combination of rice with a special kind of smoked noodles. In Persian language noodles are called ‘ Reshteh’ and rice dish is called ‘Polow’. Therefore, name of this rice dish is ‘ Reshteh polow رشته پلو’
It is believed that by eating Reshte Polow on the new year, you can grab hold of your destiny for the coming year.
This dish comes to our table in the winter time too, with fried raisins, and dates. In some recipes this rice dish serves with fried minced beef or smoked fish as well.
- 200 gr rice
- 100 gr toasted noodles ( reshteh polowei)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1 tsp orange skin, finely chopped
- 1 cup of dates
- 2 tbsp of saffron water
- Olive oil
- Salt to taste
- one slice of flat bread
Peel off onion. Chop it finely. Saute it in a pan for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Add raisins and orange skin to onion and cook it for 2-3 minutes more. Set it aside. Remove pits from dates. Mash them with hand or put them into a microwave and add 1 tbs water and microwave for 20 seconds. Then, makes date pastes as size of small balls. Saute in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
Place the rice in a bowl and wash the rice with cold water and drain it. Then fill the bowl with 4 cups of cold water, add 3 tbs of salt and rice. Let it soak for an hour. Bring water to boil in a pot. Drain soaked rice and pour it into the pot. Gently stirring . Let it to cook for about 5 minutes. Cut noodles into small pieces and add toasted noodles to the boiled rice and let it to cook for 5 minutes more.
Then, pour boiled rice mixture into a strainer and rinse under running water.
Put the pot on the heat. Add 3 tbs of Olive oil to the pot. Cover bottom of pot with a sheet of flat bread. Place the rice-noodle top of the bread. Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to cook for 20 minutes over how heat.
Once rice is ready, place 2-3 tbs of cooked rice in a bowl and add saffron water to rice and mix it. Keep it for garnishing rice.
Serve the rice with fried raisins and dates. This meal goes very well with pickles as well.