Sabzi Polo

Sabzi polo is an Iranian Pilaf made with Persian rice, dried or fresh herbs, and garlic served with fish.

What are the Ingredients?

  • 4 cups Persian rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sliced potatoes or lavash bread for Tadig


Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1h30 minutes Cooking method: cooking
Cooking Skills: Easy Meal: Lunch/dinner Suitable for: 4 people


How to prepare Sabzi Polo?

Step 1: Preparing Ingredients

Chop the herbs and garlic and put them aside.

Rinse and soak rice in salty water.

Slice the potato.

Brew saffron.

Step 2: Preparing Rice

Fill a large nonstick saucepan with 10 cups of water, and add turmeric, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the rinsed rice to the boiling water, and continue cooking over medium to high heat. Stir occasionally. After5-6 mins. scoop some rice grains from the water using a slotted spoon. Break one grain in half to make sure it is “al dente”. The rice should be firm in the center and soft on the outside. Add the herbs, and stir gently. Drain the mixture and rinse with cold water.



Step 3: Making Tadig and Cooking Rice

Pour some oil into a nonstick pot. Put the sliced potatoes onto the bottom of the pot to make Tadig. You can also use Lavash bread or simply make the Tadig with rice. Scoop the mixture of rice and herbs with a big spatula into the pot and shape a pyramid. Wrap the lid with a clean cotton towel and cover the pot. Put it onto the stovetop over medium to low heat for 45 minutes


Step 4: Serve

Scoop out the rice on a big platter and shape a pyramid. Use brewed saffron on top of the rice for more flavor and color. Garnish with slices of potato/Lavash Tahdig. Serve with grilled or fried fish, Shirazi salad, or Torshi(pickles).






Useful links:

Delicious Iranian Side Dishes

Different types of Tadig

How to brew saffron?



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