Sour cherry beef stew ( Khoresht-e Aalbalu) with spiced rice

This is a delicious / aromatic sweet stew due to combination of cherry stew with spiced rice. In Iran, best time to get fresh sour cherry is summer time. Most of housewives make jam and marmalade or simply freeze it, and once, want to make sour cherry stew, they use those. Anyway, I have also used sour cherry jam for my stew. You can use meat balls, chicken , beef or lamb for this stew. All are delicious.

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Ingredients
150g rice
200g diced beef
1 medium onion/ peeled and chopped finely
200g sour cherry jam
2 tbs saffron water
1 tbs rice spice( It is a combination of numbers of spices that in Persian cuisine we use it as rice spice ( advieh poloei) and these spices are: cardamon, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, rose petals, nutmeg, pepper and clove.

1tbsp salt
Oil

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Preparation
Place a pot on the heat, add water . Bring it to boil. Add diced meat, chopped onion and oil. Allow to cook until it is tender. Once meat is cooked, add sour cherry jam, stir it very well. Let it to cook for more 10 minutes on a low heat.

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Boil your rice for 10 minutes, drain and rinse it under running water. Bring rice back into the pot, and then add one layer of rice and one layer of spices, repeat it until all rice is done. Cover the pot with a lid and let it to cook on a low heat for 20 minutes.Once you serve the rice, take 2tbs of cooked rice and mix it with saffron water and garnish top of your rice with it.

Serve sour cherry stew with spicy rice.

Enjoy

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