Persian Loobia Polo (Green Bean Rice With Minced Beef)

Today I am going to introduce Persian Green bean rice with minced beef. Green bean is called Loobia /lubia in Farsi language. Green bean rice or lubia polo is a popular and comfy rice dish and is one of my favourites too. It is a rice dish, which is layered with rice and mixture of a sauce made of green beans with beef or lamb meat aromatic spices and tomatoes. You may make this meal with either minced or diced meat.

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If you are a vegetarian, simply delete meat from the ingredients and add chopped carrots, still is a veryyyyy delicious vegetarian version of green bean rice or lubia polo.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, washed and soaked in salted water
  • 400g minced beef or lamb
  • 400g fresh green beans, washed and diced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3tbsp tomato paste
  • 2tbsp saffron water (optional)
  • 1tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp dried rose petals powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup hot water
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it?????
In a pan, heat the oil and add chopped onion. Constantly stirring until soft. Then add minced beef, and dried spices: salt- pepper, cinnamon, dried rose petals powder, turmeric and tomato puree.

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Saute for 5 minutes until all ingredients blended and meat is fried. Once meat mixture is done, turn off the heat and set aside.

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Heat the oil in a pan and add chopped green beans. Fry for 6-7 minutes, then add meat mixture to the green beans and mix well together. Add ½ cup hot water to the mixture. cover and let it simmer until the water is absorbed.

Now we are going to prepare the rice: In a pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Drain the salted water of the rice and pour the rice into the boiling water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Then use a colander and drain the semi cooked rice.

Add some oil to the pot. Cover bottom of the pot with slices of potatoes as you see in the photo.

Add a layer of rice and top it with mixture of meat and green beans sauce. Repeat the process until you finish all ingredients. Sprinkle saffron water all over the rice.

Cover the pot with a lid and allow to cook the rice over the medium to low heat for 30 minutes. Once rice is cooked, serve it in a plate, and gently remove crispy potatoes from bottom of the pot and along with yogurt-cucumber mixture or salad Shirazi serve it. Noshe jan

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Persian Loobia Polo (Green Bean Rice With Minced Beef)

 

Ingredients

3 cups rice, washed and soaked in salted water

400g minced beef or lamb

400g fresh green beans, washed and diced

1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped

3tbsp tomato paste

2tbsp saffron water (optional)

1tsp turmeric

¼ tsp black pepper

1tsp dried rose petals powder

1tsp cinnamon powder

½ cup hot water

Salt to taste

Olive oil

How to make it:


In a pan, heat the oil and add chopped onion. Constantly stirring until soft. Then add minced beef, and dried spices: salt- pepper, cinnamon, dried rose petals powder, turmeric and tomato puree.  
Saute for 5 minutes until all ingredients blended and meat is fried. Once meat mixture is done, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan and add chopped green beans. Fry for 6-7 minutes, then add meat mixture to the green beans and mix well together. Add ½ cup hot water to the mixture. cover and let it simmer until the water is absorbed.

Now we are going to prepare the rice: In a pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Drain the salted water of the rice and pour the rice into the boiling water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Then use a colander and drain the semi cooked rice.

Add some oil to the pot. Cover bottom of the pot with slices of potatoes as you see in the photo.  Add a layer of rice and top it with mixture of meat and green beans sauce. Repeat the process until you finish all ingredients. Sprinkle saffron water all over the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to cook the rice over the medium to low heat for 30 minutes. Once rice is cooked, serve it in a plate, and gently remove crispy potatoes from bottom of the pot and along with yogurt-cucumber mixture or salad Shirazi serve it. Noshe jan

Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

This is other Afghani rice dish which is called yaqoot pilaf or Ruby pilaf, due to it’s gorgeous colour that is taken from the cherries and is a reminder of Ruby gem stone. Yaqoot means Ruby the precious gem stone.

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This rice dish is similar to an Iranian dish which is made with sour cherries , and  in following photo you can see a photo of this rice :

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)
  • ½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)
  • ½ tbsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup water
  • Olive oil

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How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

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Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

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Ruby Rice (Yaqoot Pilaf)

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 cup fresh or frozen sour cherries ( tart cherry, Morello cherry)

½ cup white sugar ( if you wish your rice has a mild sweet taste)

½ tbsp cardamom powder

½ cup water

Olive oil

How to make it?????

In a pot with cherries add sugar and cardamom. Pour ½ cup water on it and allow to cook for over low heat for 15 minutes.

Use a sieve and separate cooked cherries from the syrup. Bring the water in a pot. Drain the salted water of the rice. Add the rice into the pot with boiled water and cook it for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add cherries syrup to the rice and mix it well.

Cover the pot with a lid. Allow to steam cook the rice for 20 minutes. Once rice is ready serve it with chicken or beef meat.

Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

Green rice or herbed rice is popular in many countries. For example in Iran we make herbed rice with dill or other green rice which is mixture of fresh herbs including: coriander, parsley, dill, chives, fenugreek. In following photo you can see Persian herbed rice (Sabzi polow).

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Or there is a Mexican rice dish made with cilantro, and parsley. Among Indian rice dishes also are herbed rice meals.

My today recipe is Afghani green rice cooked in spinach and meat stock. In some versions of this rice dish there is a combination of spinach, dill and cilantro too. This gorgeous rice dish is called ‘ Zamarod pilaf’in native language.  ‘Zamarod’ means ‘Emerald’ the green precious gem stone. This rice dish is served in parties or wedding ceremonies.

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So, if you are or not Spinach lover, just give a try to this recipe and then you will just love it. Very tasty simple rice dish. The deep green colour of this rice comes from taking juice of blended spinach.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking
  • 1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped
  • 1 large onion
  • 300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

 

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have  spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

 

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

 

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no necessity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes.

 

Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .

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Green rice (Zamarod pilaf)

 

Ingredients

3 cups rice, soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking

1 large bunch of fresh spinach, washed, drained and chopped

1 large onion

300g diced beef or lamb meat and broth, Cooked

1 tsp cumin

Pinch of pepper

Salt to taste

Olive oil

 

How to make it?????

Wash the rice and soak in the salted water for 1-2 hours before cooking time.

In a pot with meat, add chopped onion, season with pepper. Pour water into the pot and cook it until tender. Keep some meat broth for mixing with spinach.

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté spinach for 2-3 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Add salt, cumin powder and meat broth to the fried spinach (for the extra flavour) and blend the spinach mixture well in blender. Use a sieve and strain it in order to separate juice from leaves. Now we have pure and filtered spinach juice as a colouring agent for our rice.

Now for cooking rice, bring the water to a boil in a pot. Drain the salted water of rice and pour the rice into the boiled water. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a colander and drain the rice.

Turn the rice back into the pot. Add spinach juice to the rice and mix it well. There is no neccesity to use all of the spinach juice. Just add enough to give good green colour to the rice. Place the cooked meat among the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steam for 20 minutes. Serve the rice with herbs or fresh vegetables .

Three Tasty-Easy Recipes for Leftover Rice

There are two things that are staple foods in the Iranian cuisine: rice and bread. They eat rice with different kinds of meat stews or vegetable dishes. In North of Iran, near the Caspian Sea, there are beautiful rice fields which are widely famous for cultivation of different kinds of Persian rice.

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You can make 10s of gorgeous dishes with white/brown or wild rice. You can make rice with stew, curry, beautiful green herbs and vegetables or spices. You can cook rice in a rice cooker, in microwave or on the stove.

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Anyway, what led me to talk about rice was that sometimes after a party we have leftover rice on hand, so instead of wasting it, you would be better to turn your leftover plain rice into a fabulous new rice dish 🙂

I have three easy- quick and tasty recipes for turning your rice into lentils rice, herbed rice and potato rice.

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Ingredients for lentils rice

  • one cup lentils

  • 1 cube meat or vegetable stock

  • ½ tsp cumin powder

  • Pinch of black pepper

  • Butter

How to make it?????

Bring to a boil, add lentils, one vegetable or meat stock,  pepper and cumin. Reduce heat and simmer until they are tender but not mushy( it takes typically 20-30 minutes) and usually  it depends on the age of your lentils. Once it is cooked, add it to the leftover rice and gently mix. Spread some melted butter all over the rice and serve it.

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Ingredients for herbed rice

  • small bunch of chives or spring onions, finely chopped
  • small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

How to make it?????

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped herbs, seasoning with salt, pepper, cinnamon and cumin. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and stir in sautéed herbs and gently combine and allow it up for few minutes  and serve it.

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Ingredients for rice and potatoes

  • 5 baby potatoes

  • Pinch of chilli flakes

  • butter

  • Salt to taste

How to make it?????

Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Salt the water. Bring it to a boil and cook the potatoes until tender. Drain and add melted butter and sprinkle chilli flakes on them. Serve the rice in a plate and top it with buttery potatoes.

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Persian rice with sour cherries (Albaloo polo)

Sour cherry or Morello cherry is called ‘ Albaloo’ in Persian language. Iranian housewives make different things with albaloo such as: sour cherr juice, hot and cold drinks, jam and stew, cake and cookies. One of the Iranian famous rice dish is called Alballoo polo/pilaf which is made with sour cherries, spices and different meats such as: beef, lamb, or chicken and meat balls.

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The spices used in this pilaf vary but typically include Persian saffron and cinnamon. In Iranian cuisine there are wonderful mild sweet dishes such as: Fesenjan, Jewelled rice, Basterma pilaf, Albaloo polo and . And, and………….

Albaloo polo is mind blowing rice dish with combination of sweet/tangy taste. It’s moist and fluffy with plenty of morello cherries.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups sour cherries
  • 3 cups rice
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 300 g chicken breast or thigh, cooked
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 2 tbsp Persian saffron water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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How to make???

Soak the rice in salted water for an hour. Meanwhile, Place deseeded cherries in a pan. Add sugar and simmer gently over low heat for 10 minutes. Then place the cherries in a colander and let to drain the juice.

Melt the butter in a pan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, 1 tbps saffron water and stir. Then add cooked chicken to the butter and fry for 5 minutes. In this point, toss in the cherries and fry for 5 minutes more and set aside.

Pour in water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Drain the salted water of rice and add the rice to the boiling water and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Drain the rice in a colander and rinse the rice with cold water.

Add some oil to the pot, place a tortilla bread over the oiled base. Place some rice over the bread, then place half of the cherries and chicken mixture. Repeat until the rice and cherries mixture are used up.

Pour some saffron water, and albaloo juice over the rice. Place pieces of butter top of the rice. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 20 minutes on medium to low heat.

Serve the rice in a plate along with the crispy tortilla from bottom of the pot that is called ‘ Tahdig’ in Farsi.

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King Rice/Shah Pilaf

Shah plov or crown rice is an Azerbaijani signature dish. There are different types of rice dish in Azerbaijani cuisine but this one is king of rice.

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This rice dish is known as : Khan rice, shah rice or crown rice and is served in special occasions. Shah rice made with red meat or chicken mean, dried fruits and nuts and last but not least, Persian Saffron water.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400g diced meat, cooked
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup apricot, cut into small pieces
  • 220 g melted butter
  • 3 tbsp Saffron water
  • 1 large Lavash bread or 5-6 medium tortilla bread
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Rinse the rice in cold water 2-3 times. Then soak the rice in salted water ( add 1 tbsp salt) for an hour.

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add chopped onion and fry onion until soft. Then add cooked meat , dried fruits, season with salt and pepper and  fry for few minutes.   Add saffron water and Stir constantly to prevent from burning and set aside.

Fill a pot with water. Bring it to a boil. Drain salted water of rice and add it to the boiling water. Let to cook for 10 minutes.

Using a colander and strain the rice. Rinse with tap water. Melt the butter and spread it on the bottom and sides of the pot.

Place one round bread on the bottom of the pan . Grease each Lavash or tortilla bread with melted butter and arrange around the sides of the pan, overlaps each other ( as you see in the photos).

Do not leave any open space between breads. Now, Spread a layer of rice in the pot and then pour some of meat and fruits mixture. Pour some saffron water on the rice. Repeat the procedure again.

Cover top of the rice with another round bread then fold the corners down. Grease with melted bread.

Cover the pot with a lid. Cook in the oven for 50-60 minutes until Lavash bread is golden. Remove from the oven and let to rest 5 minutes.

Turn the pot upside down and cut the crust into portions and serve it.

Noosh ulsoon , enjoy it, Noosh-e jan

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King rice/Shah pilaf 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 400g diced meat, cooked
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup apricot, cut into small pieces
  • 220 g melted butter
  • 3 tbsp Saffron water
  • 1 large Lavash bread or 5-6 medium tortilla bread
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Rinse the rice in cold water 2-3 times. Then soak the rice in salted water ( add 1 tbsp salt) for an hour.

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add chopped onion and fry onion until soft. Then add cooked meat , dried fruits, season with salt and pepper and fry for few minutes. Stir constantly to prevent from burning and set aside.

Fill a pot with water. Bring it to a boil. Drain salted water of rice and add it to the boiling water. Let to cook for 10 minutes.

Using a colander and strain the rice. Rinse with tap water. Melt the butter and spread it on the bottom and sides of the pot.

Grease each Lavash or tortilla bread with melted butter . Place one round bread on the bottom of the pan . Then, grease remaining of breads and arrange around the sides of the pan, overlaps each other ( as you see in the photos).

Do not leave any open space between breads. Now, Spread a layer of rice in the pot and then pour some of meat and fruits mixture. Pour some saffron water on the rice. Repeat the procedure again.

Cover top of the rice with another round bread then fold the corners down. Grease with melted bread.

Cover the pot with a lid. Cook in the oven for 50-60 minutes until Lavash bread is golden. Remove from the oven and let to rest 5 minutes.

Turn the pot upside down and cut the crust into portions and serve it.

Noosh ulsoon , enjoy it, Noosh-e jan

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Tahchin Shevid- Baghali (Persian Dill & Broad Beans Rice Cake

Traditionally this rice dish is called Tahchin or upside down rice also known as Persian baked rice cake. Tahchin is an Iranian divine rice dish with beautiful presentation. It’s made of layered meat and rice. It may not look like much from the outside but the combination of cooked meat, yogurt, egg and aromatic spices with rice create a crunchy outer crust and soft inside rice. We Iranians love our Tahchin.

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There are different versions of Tahchin made with red meat, chicken, and vegetables. My today’s Tahchin is made with combination of dill or (ُُ Shevid  in Persian) and broad beans or (Baghali  in Persian) with chicken .

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Iranian rice ( due to it’s amazing aroma and taste)

  • 400 g chicken fillet, cooked and diced

  • 2 cups Broad beans or Fava beans, cooked

  • 1 cup dried dill

  • 500 g Greek yogurt

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 onions, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp cardamom

  • 3 tbsp Persian saffron water

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Vegetable oil

 

How to make it

Yogurt is important ingredient in making Tahchin. We need a sort of thick yogurt, therefore, I have used a traditional way that my mother used to apply and make a thick creamy yogurt by Pouring 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. ( as you will see in the following photos).. You would see the liquid left in the bowl. Resulting is a thick yogurt.  Wash the rice. Soak it in the salted water for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, fry the onion until slightly soft. Add diced chicken meat. Stir in salt- pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, dried rose petal, dried dill and Fava beans ( just keep 1 tbsp of Fava bean for later) for 2-3 minutes.

Now, In a bowl, mix yogurt with eggs, 2 tbsp of Persian saffron water, pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk it until combine well and set aside.

Pour water in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Drain salted water of rice and add the rice to the boiling water. Cook for 10 minutes.

Using a colander and drain the rice.Add half of the drained rice and half of the chicken mixture into the yogurt mixture bowl and gently blend together.

Pour some oil into a non stick pot or pan, spread 1 tbsp of plain fava bean on the bottom of the pot. Spread rice mixture into the pot ( as you see in the photos) and flatten with wooden spoon or spatula.

Then, layer second half of the chicken mixture around the edges of the surface. Finally, layer with second half of the white rice and cover the entire surface. Flatten the top with the back of a large spatula or spoon while pressing down( as you see in the photo). Pour 1 tbsp of saffron water over the rice.

Place the pot on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then lower the heat cover the pot with a lid and cook it for 45-60 minutes until the crust forms.

Once rice is done, let it cool for few minutes. Place a serving platter on top of the pot and gently turn the pot over, Voila you have a wonderful rice cake shape dish. Sooooooooo delish.

 

 

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Rice Balls

A lovely finger food with rice. These tasty rice balls with different tastes will bring lots of fun and flavour to your table.

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Especially these days with World cup games, preparing quick foods, sit and watch the football.

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Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups sticky rice or sushi rice, cooked
  • 4 spring onions or small bunch of chives
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 tarragons
  • 3 dill stems, chopped
  • 3 tbsp tuna
  • 3 tbsp minced beef
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame oil or olive oil

 

 

Instructions

Cut carrots into long thin stripes and then cut them into tiny cubes. Finely chop spring onions /chives and tarragon leaves.

 

Heat the oil ( Sesame or Olive) in a pan and fry carrots until soft then add minced beef, season with salt and pepper. Fry until meat is brown.

In a bowl with 1 ½ cups of cooked rice, add fried meat mixture and 2tbsp of chopped spring onions .Mix together well and set it aside.

 

Squeeze out all of the oil from tuna and in a separate plate with 1 ½ cups of cooked rice, add dry tuna and chopped tarragon leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well together and set aside.

 

In another plate mix rice with chopped dill, spring onions, chilli flakes, salt and turmeric.

Now, wet your hand and shape small portions of rice into balls.

Once all is done, serve them.

 

 

 

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Spiced Rice(Tabrizi Advieh Polo)

Spiced rice (advieh pilaf) is a classic Azerbaijani dish in Iran. Spice is called ‘ Advieh’ in Persian language. This is a rice dish made with mixed spices. This mixed spices is not that crazy hot and spicy but mild and full of flavour. Spiced rice is served with chicken cooked in red sauce made with fried onion, tomato paste- Persian saffron water and lime/lemon juice.

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This spiced rice with chicken dish is such a aromatic and delicious meal that would satisfied you.

If you live in Iran, you can get easily mixed spices for rice dishes from Grand bazaar or spice shops and stores but do not worry you can prepare it at home, as I did.Spiced rice is one of dishes for month of Ramadan( Ramzan).

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It is a mixture of different spices with different amount of each one as follow: 3tbsp dried rose petals, ½ nutmeg, 10 cardamom, 1tsp Persian saffron, ۲ cinnamon sticks, ۱ tsp ginger, 1tsp coriander seeds, ½ tsp pepper seeds, 1 tsp clove, 1tsp cumin.

In order to grind your spices , you can go traditional way, and use mortar and pestle or use electric spice grinder.

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After grinding the spices, you should store them and because spices do not like light, air or humidity and heat, is better store them in a jar that is airtight.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Persian rice
  • 2 slices of chicken breast, boneless and skinless
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and sliced
  • 1 lime or lemon
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 tbsp Persian saffron water
  • 3 tbsp advieh ( mixed spices for polow/pilaf)
  • 4 tbsp barberry ( zereshk)
  • 3 tbsp almond flakes
  • 2 tbsp chopped pistachio
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

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Instructions

Heat the oil in a pan and sauté onion until soft. Heat the oil in other pan, add diced chicken, season with salt and pepper. Fry until change the colour, then add tomato paste. Fry for 1-2 minutes.

Next, add fried onion, lemon juice, 2 tbsp saffron water and ½ cup water to the chicken and allow to cook until reduce the juice. Set aside.

Soak the rice in salted water for 1 hour. Bring the water to a boil. Drain the salted water and pour rice inside the boiled water and cook for 10 minutes. Then using a colander and drain it.

Pour some oil in the pot, layer sliced of potato at the bottom of pot. Layer it with some of par-cooked rice. Sprinkle some of spices . Repeat process. At the end pour remaining of saffron water top of rice. Cove the pot with a lid and allow to cook the rice.

Meanwhile, in a pan with 1 tbsp water, 1 tbsp oil, add chopped pistachio, almond flakes and barberry ( zereshk) and fry for a minute.

Serve the rice with chicken stew, fried nuts and fried potatoes from bottom of the pot.

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Shirazi Rice Pilaf

Shiraz is an ancient city in SW of Iran. Shiraz is known as the city of literature, flowers, wine, gardens, nightingales and poets.

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This beautiful city is a one of the important tourism centres in Iran. With a short driving distance from Shiraz there are ruins of some of most spectacular ancient sites such as: ancient city of Persepolis, Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam with rock cut tombs of Persian kings, Naghsh-e Rajab with rock cut reliefs,….

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My today recipe is called Qanbara polow, one of traditional classic rice dish from Shiraz that is served in especial occasions, parties and as Iftar in month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice
  • 350 g minced meat
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 100 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • 50 g raisins
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 ½ tsp grape molasses
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

In a bowl with minced meat, add gram flour, turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Mix all together well. Then, give small ball shape to the meat. Heat the oil in a pan and fry them.

Heat the oil in another pan and sauté chopped onion until soft, then add raisins and chopped walnuts. Fry for 2 minutes and set aside.

In a bowl with pomegranates molasses, add grape molasses and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix together.

Semi cook the rice. Add meat balls and fried onion mixture with walnuts and raisins. Pour molasses mixture top of rice and allow to cook perfectly.

Once rice is done, gently stir the rice and serve it.

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