Persian Turmeric Rice (Dampokhtak)

Dampokhtak is traditional Persian steamed rice. It’s made with fried onion, dried yellow fava beans, rice and turmeric. It’s one of easiest  and simplest Iranian rice dishes. Turmeric powder with lovely earthy taste is main spice of this dish.


2 cups rice, rinsed under cold water
1 cup dried yellow fava beans, cooked boiled
1 large onion, sliced thin
1tsp turmeric powder
Salt and chilli flakes to taste


In a pan, melt the butter and add onion. Sauté until slightly golden. Add turmeric and stirring frequently.

In a pot, bring to a boil 3 cups of salted water; add rice, fried onion, cooked beans, and chilli flakes. Gently stir to blend all ingredients. Place the lid and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Once rice is ready, transfer dampokhtak to a serving dish with pickled vegetables, Greek yogurt or salad.
It’s simple and delicious rice dish, good choice for vegetarian as well.


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