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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Omurice

Hi everyone, I am so excited about this recipe. So I cooked omelette rice yesterday. It was just lovely, gorgeous and delicious rice dish , full of colour , taste , vegetables.

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I used chicken meat but if you wish you might be use sausages. You will be surprise how much is easy and simple to make this dish and in other hand how much is tastyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2-3 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 celery
  • 3 mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 small bell peppers
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Salt and chilli flakes to taste
  • Oil or butter

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Instruction

Cut all vegetables into small pieces. Cut chicken meat into pieces. Heat the oil in a pan, add chicken meat season with salt. Fry until cooked and changed the colour.

Heat the oil in a pan again and add all chopped vegetables and season with salt and chilli flakes. Sauté until softened.

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Once vegetables are done, add fried meat and ketchup. Mix well together. Next, add rice to the cooked vegetables and combine together.

 

Now place some of rice mixture in a bowl, add pieces of cheddar cheese and top it with more rice. Whisk eggs in a bowl with pinch of salt and 3 tbsp milk .Heat the oil in a pan, pour the egg into the pan and tilte to cover the bottom of pan. Allow to cook the omelette.

Put a plate on top of the rice bowl and put the omelette top of the rice. It ‘s done , ready .

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Potato and Rice Pilaf

This is a fantastic dish recipe for potato and Persian rice. It might be served as main course or as side dish. This meal can be vegetarian as well. For making this dish use a kind of potato that stand up to the cooking time.

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Other thing is about main ingredient that is rice. Good quality rice is very important matter. In today dish I used Persian smoked rice (berenj-e doodi) that is long grain with high quality and just superb aroma.

So if you are interested you can follow my easy peasy potato rice recipe with yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Persian smoked rice
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbps butter

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Method

Wash the rice two times. Add rice in the rice cooker with enough water to cook, also add salt, potatoes and butter.

Serve the rice hot with yogurt. You can have plain yogurt or mixture of yogurt with chopped cucumber or r of yogurt with beetroot powder.

 

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Basturma or Basdirma Polo

Basturma or Basdirma polow /pilaf is a traditional Azerbaijani rice dish that is popular in Ardebil an ancient city near Caspian Sea.

The meaning of the word ‘ Basturma or Basdirma’ translates as ‘ to press’ or ‘ pressed’. An other literally meaning of this word is ‘ buried’. Why the name of this dish is Basturma polow? Well I would say, because meat mixture of this dish would be placed between layers of rice and looks like hidden and buried, so is invisible until to be served.

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Flavour and taste of this dish with quince and medlar jam is fantastic.One of Ingredients for this amazing dish are quince and medlar jam or marmalade. Flavour and taste of this dish with quince and medlar jam and saffron is fantastic.

Duck, lamb shank, beef and chicken might be used for this rice dish. I have tried with all and I prefer with red meat and has much better taste, but yet it’s your choice 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Persian or Basmati rice
  • 1 cup crushed walnuts
  • 300g diced meat
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp saffron water
  • ½ cup quince jam
  • ½ cup medlar jam
  • 1 large potato, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Pinch of pepper
  • butter
  • vegetable oil

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Method

Wash the rice and soak in salted water for 2 hours.

In a pot with water and one of chopped onions, add diced meat and cook the meat until tender. Heat the oil in a pan and saute other onion on medium heat until soft. Add pinch of pepper, cooked meat, 2 tbps of saffron water, quince and medlar jams and crushed walnuts. Gently mix all together. Let to fry for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Remove from the heat and set aside.

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Bring the water to a boil, drain salted water of rice and add rice to the boiled water and cook for 10 minutes. Then using a colander and drain parboiled rice.

Add 3 tbsp vegetable oil to the pot. Set slices of potato at the bottom of the pot. Cover top of potatoes with one cup of rice. Then spread meat mixture all over the rice. Finally spread remaining of the rice top of the meat. Press down the rice. Add rest of saffron water and 1 tbsp butter on the rice and cook the rice on medium heat.

Once rice is ready, hold serving platter over the uncovered pot and unmolding the rice into the platter. Voila you have such a lovely golden crust rice..Serve this dish with pickles specially with olives.

Thanks for reading this recipe. I would be glad have your comments.

 

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Coloured Tahdig

Persian ( Iranian) rice gets steamed with the most scrumptious, crunchy and golden crust that is called ‘ tahdig’ meaning bottom of the pot in Farsi language.

Tahdig, is speciality of Iranian cuisine consisting of crispy, crunchy, golden browned layer of either rice – bread, potatoes or meat taken from the bottom of the pot , while the rice on the top steams.

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Usually in serving time of meal there is big battle for having more tahdig and when you have it, it will disappear in a second from the table with no leftover.

Most common ingredients for making tahdig include yogurt and saffron, bread, or potato.

In my previous posts I have shared my recipes with more details for making tahdig: 1- Persian steamed rice with saffron crust and 2- Tahdig.

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Today I made coloured tah dig that looks as beautiful as rainbow. It brings sun shine to the kitchen. So if you are interested to have a crispy coloured crust rice that formed at the bottom of pot by frying parboiled rice, try and make this recipe.

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Ingredients

4 cups Persian dry rice or Basmati rice

½ cup oil

¼ cup water ( or 7 tbsp )

Food colouring

1-2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

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Method

Wash the rice with cold water. Fill the bowl with cold water, add rice, cold water and 1tbsp salt. Let to soak for 1-2 hours.

 

In a non-stick pot, bring water to a boil, drain salted water, pour in rice and add it to the boiling water. Let to cook for 10 minutes. ( If rice is soaked in salted water for 1-2 hours, so 10 minutes cooking would be just enough or drain it).

Using a colander, drain the rice and rinse with cold water.

 

 

 

In a bowl combine ½ cup of vegtable oil , ¼ cup water and 3 spatulas of parboiled rice (about 2 cups rice) and stirring well. Then divide the rice in 3 separate bowls.

I want to make three colours tahdig, so I divided the rice into 3 but if you want to make 2 colours, divide it into 2 separate bowls. Add pinch of favourite colour to the each bowl and mix well.

 

Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the bottom of the pot. Cover the bottom of the pot with coloured rice ( you can make a design perhaps or just randomly make a pattern) and pile up the rest of the rice on the top and shaping the rice into a pyramid. put some butter top of the rice.

 

Cover the pot with a lid and cook over medium to low heat for 30-40 minutes to form crunch crust.

Once rice is ready, hold serving platter over the uncovered pot and unmolding the rice into the platter. Voila you have such a lovely rainbow crust rice.

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Japanese Salmon rice with fresh vegetables

You can serve this meal as a main course or side dish.

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Ingredients

  • 200 g salmon fish, finely cut into small pieces
  • 200 g rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 3 tbsp green peas
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Salt and oil

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Method
Place rice in a rice cooker, add oil, water, soy sauce and cook it. While rice is cooking, Crack the eggs in a bowl, whisk, add pinch of salt and cook.

Then, fry grated carrot, and add chopped green onions and green peas, let to cook until softened carrot and onions softened. Heat the oil in a pan and fry chopped fish.

Add all cooked ingredients to fried fish and mix all together. At the end, everything goes in a bowl with cooked rice and combine together and serve it. Garnish with green onions.

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Persian sour cherry pilaf (Albaloo polow ba tahdig maast)

Sour cherry or Morello cherry is called ‘ albaloo’ in Persian language. Albaloo or moreloo cherry is smaller that sweet cherry with dark red colour.

The origins for Sour cherry is in Iranian plateau or East Europe. This fruit is very popular in Iran from ancient time to modern day Iran. Nowadays, albaloo or sour cherry produce in Iran, countries around Caspian sea, Russia, Eastern Europe countries and Turkey.

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Fresh or dried sour cherries are used in cooking including: soup, aash, rice, stew, cakes, pies, jam and marmalade.

Today’s recipe is Albaloo polo, an Iranian rice dish with sour cherries. It’s a delicious rice meal with ruby red colour, a beautiful combination of rice with typical spices for this meal such as: Persian saffron, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, dried rose petals powder and nutmeg.. You can serve albaloo polow by itself or with beef, chicken or meatballs.

 

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Persian rice or Basmati rice
  • 5 cups sour cherries
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1tsp of each spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, dried rose petal powder, nutmeg
  • 1tbsp saffron water
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1tbsp Ghee oil or regular butter

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For tahdig ( bottom of rice)

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2tbsp plain yogurt
  • 2tbsp saffron water

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In a pot with deseeded cherries add sugar. Simmer for 15 minute over low heat.

Place a plate under a colander and place the cherries in the colander and allow the juice drain.

 

Melt the Ghee or butter in a pan, add spices and sauté for 1 minute and remove from the heat. Add cherries and saffron water. Gently mix with spices.

Wash the rice and soak in salted water (1tbsp salt) for an hour.

Bring the water to a boil, drain the soaked rice and add the rice to boiled water. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes until slightly tender.

Using a colander and drain the rice. Rinse the rice with cold tap water and drain it.

 

In a bowl, Mix all ingredients for tahdig and whisk it. Add 2 cups of parboiled rice and 2tbsp of cherries and mix well (as you see in the photos).

Add 2tbsp vegetable oil to the pot. Pour saffron rice into the pot. Cover this layer with half of white rice and pour cherries and cherry juice . Cover the cherry layer with the remaining of white rice and pour remains of cherry juice over the rice.

Cover the pot with a napkin and a lid. Simmer for about 30 minutes over medium heat. Once rice is ready, put a plate on top of the pot and flip it over. Serve it with chicken or beef meat.

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Azerbaijani Rice Pilaf with Milk ( Sutti Polow)

This is a traditional rice pilaf made in milk and serves with beautifully fried raisins and dates in butter, cinnamon and saffron. In some recipes you can serve rice either  with smoked fish, that is just yum or with raisins and dates.

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Ingredients

2 cups rice

2 cups milk

1 ½ cups water

1 cup Dates

1 cup raisins

3tbsp butter

2tbsp vegetable oil

1tbsp Persian saffron water

1tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp turmeric

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Method

Rinse the rice. Pour all milk, water, rice and 2tbsp butter and vegetable oil into a pot. Bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Add turmeric and Saffron water. Give a stir. Allow the rice to cook.

 

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet, add raisins, cinnamon powder and saffron water. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until softened. Then remove from the heat and do same process with Dates.

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Serving milky rice with fried raisins and dates. If you like add a pad of butter to rice and give extra richness.

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Persian steamed rice with Saffron crust

Persian ( Iranian) rice gets steamed with the most scrumptious, crunchy and golden crust that is called ‘ tahdig’ meaning bottom of the pot in Farsi language. Rice is polo in Farsi

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So if you want to have a crispy, golden crust of rice that formed at the bottom of pot by frying parboiled rice, try and make this recipe.

Important step in cooking Iranian rice is washing 2-3 times the rice. Other tip: traditionally Persians use a padded lid (damkoni) to cover the rice pot to prevent steam from escaping during cooking the rice. If you have not damkoni very easily you can wrap a dish towel over the lid of a the pot and that’s it ( dmakoni).So lets get started:

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ingredients

4 cups Persian dry rice or Basmati rice

½ cup oil

¼ cup water

1tbsp Saffron water

Salt

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Method

Wash the rice with cold water. Fill the bowl with cold water, add rice, cold water and 1tbsp salt. Let to soak for 1 hour.

In a non-stick pot, bring water to a boil, drain salted water and pour the rice into the boiling water. Let to cook for 10 minutes.

Using a colander, drain the rice and rinse with cold water.

In a bowl combine ½ cup of vegetable oil , ¼ cup water and saffron water with 3 spatulas of parboiled rice (about 2 cups rice) and stirring well.

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Cover the bottom of the pot with Saffron rice and pile up the rest of the rice on the top and shaping the rice into a pyramid.

Cover the pot with a lid and cook over medium to low heat for 30-40 minutes to form a golden crust.

Once rice is ready, hold serving platter over the uncovered pot and unmolding the rice into the platter. Voila you have such a lovely golden crust rice.

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