Tah chin (Persian Upside Down Rice)

Upside down saffron rice is a scrumptious rice dish with a beautiful presentation. Tahchin means arranged in the bottom. This dish known as Persian baked rice cake as well.

Tahchin is one of the luxurious and ceremonial rice dishes. IF YOU TASTE TAHCHIN, IT WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART 🙂

Tahchin includes egg yolks, marinated chicken, beef or lamb with yogurt, rice, Persian Saffron king of spices, dried rose petals…

There are different types of tahchin, for instant: Shirazi aubergin -chicken tahchin, Spinach-chicken tahchin, …..

My recipe is from my mother and she has learned from my grand mother. This recipe for my tahchin is different from the recipes that mix all rice with yogurt and saffron. As you will observe in my recipe only bottom layer is mixed with saffron and middle layer is covered with marinated chicken and final third layer would be plain white rice.


Tahchin might be cooked either in the oven or in an pan. Result in top layer is sooooooooooooo yummy- crunchy part ( tahdig), Second layer is meat and third layer is fluffy rice.

For tahchin we need Greek yogurt. But I have made my own Greek yogurt with traditional method, as you would see in the following photos.

So let’s get started 🙂


Tahchi-e morgh


400g Persian rice, rinsed and soaked in salted water (2tbsp salt) for 1 hour

6 pieces cooked chicken pieces, breast or thigh

6 egg yolk

2 ½ cups regular yogurt or Greek yogurt

1 tsp dried rose petals

2 tbsp Persian saffron water

4 tbsp curry powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Salt and pepper to taste



In a small plate mix rose petals, cinnamon and curry powder together, set aside. You can use Greek yogurt but I prefer to make my own thick yogurt by traditional method.

Pour regular yogurt into a double layer of cheesecloth or kitchen cloth. Tied up the cloth.. Hang it over a bowl and leave to drain overnight. That’s all you have to do. You would see the liquid left in the bowl. Resulting is a thick yogurt.

Marinate the chicken pieces with thick yogurt. Then coat them with spices mixture. Put it in the fridge overnight.

In a bowl with egg yolks add saffron water, season with salt and pepper. Whisk well. set aside.

Bring water to a boil in a pot, drain salted water of rice and add rice and cook for 10 minutes. using a colander drain and pour some cold tap water over it. Now, add half of rice to the egg-saffron mixture and blend well.

Heat 5 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Ladle saffron rice into the pan and flatten with a spoon. Layer with marinated chicken meat and then cover it with rest of white rice . Place 3 tbsp butter or Ghee over the rice. Cover the pot with a lid.. Because at the bottom of pot is yogurt and egg, so it can easily burn, that’s why Cook the rice on medium to low heat.

Place a large platter over the pot and turn the pot over. Spoon fried barberries on and around the tahchin and serve it with salad and pickles.

Nosh-e jaan



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