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. 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 … Continue reading Shirazi Rice Pilaf

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 … Continue reading Basturma or Basdirma Polo

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. Usually in … Continue reading Coloured Tahdig

Japanese Salmon rice with fresh vegetables

You can serve this meal as a main course or side dish. 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   Method Place rice in a rice cooker, add oil, water, soy sauce and cook it. While rice is … Continue reading Japanese Salmon rice with fresh vegetables

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 … Continue reading Persian sour cherry pilaf (Albaloo polow ba tahdig maast)

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.     Ingredients 2 cups rice 2 cups milk 1 ½ cups water 1 cup Dates 1 cup raisins 3tbsp butter 2tbsp vegetable … Continue reading Azerbaijani Rice Pilaf with Milk ( Sutti Polow)

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 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 … Continue reading Persian steamed rice with Saffron crust

Traditional Samarkand Polow

This gorgeous rice dish is popular in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It can be made with lamb, beef or chicken, garlic , quail eggs and spices such as cumin that gives the dish very nice taste. Ingredients 2 cups rice 300g diced lamb meat 2 large orange , yellow or white carrots, cut into thick matchsticks 1 large onion, cut into wedges 2-3 garlic cloves, unpeeled … Continue reading Traditional Samarkand Polow