شوید باقالی پلو
This is one of many mixed rice dishes in Persian cuisine and I would say my second favorite! Favorite being the barberry rice (
There are a few variations to this dish and the fava bean can be replaced by lima beans and the herbs can be expanded to include parsley, cilantro, fenugreek leaves as well.
Polo ba Zaferoon
- 2 cups white basmati rice, soaked and rinsed
- 8 1/4 cups water, divided
- 2 tablespoons salt. For parboiling the rice and will be rinsed out.
- 4 tablespoons butter or ghee divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
- Wash the rice thoroughly and set aside to soak for at least one hour.
- In a large covered pot, bring 8 cups water and salt to a boil. Add the rinsed rice and boil on high heat uncovered for about 7-8 minutes, or until the rice has slightly softened.
- Drain the rice in a colander and set aside while you prepare the pan.
- Melt 2 tablespoons ghee in a non-stick pot over low heat. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup of the lightly cooked rice with 1 tablespoon of saffron-water mixture, gently mix and spread evenly in the bottom of the pot. This will be the crispy rice referred to as Tah-dig.
- Pour the remainder of the rinsed rice to the pot and lightly fluff with a fork. Cut up the remaining 2 tablespoons ghee into pieces and evenly spread over the top of the rice.
- Pour the additional 1/4 cup water evenly over the top of the rice. Wrap the lid with a clean towel and place on top of the pot. This will allow the rice to steam.
- Allow the rice to steam over a medium-low to medium heat for 45 minutes.
- Pour the remaining 1 tablespoon saffron water over the top of the rice. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.