Kalam Polo Shirazi – Kohlrabi and rice pilaf with meatballs

A traditional and popular dish from the city of Shiraz, Kalam Polo consists of kohlrabi (or cabbage) and small meatballs layered into rice, with – of course – an enticing combination of spices, herbs, and flavors. Shiraz, known for its beautiful gardens and its deep poetic tradition (it was the home of both Hafez and…

Meygoo Polo – Rice with herbs and prawns

Meygoo Polo originated in Iran’s southern provinces of Khuzestan and Bushehr. It’s not surprising that this seafood dish comes from provinces that are located on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Meygoo is the Farsi word for prawns, which are a staple for the residents of the Persian Gulf region. This dish brings together warming…

Adas Polo – Turmeric rice with lentils

So much of this dish is familiar and comforting, not just to Iranians but also in many cultures around the world. This definitely makes it to most Persians’ top 10 list of favorite rice dishes, albeit under different regional names and slightly different cooking methods.

Zereshk Polo – Saffron barberry rice pilaf

This is Zereshk Polo, a distinguished Persian dish. The popular Zereshk Polo features many of the elements of Persian cooking. Barberries, which are quite tart and bright in color, are layered within the fluffy Basmati rice and served with succulent chicken, or if you prefer with lamb or beef .

Dolmeh-ye piaz -Stuffed onions with beef, rice and herbs

Caution: you must be an onion lover to proceed! Name a culture, and you will quickly realize how many dishes start with some member of the onion family. Onions and all of their relatives are cherished and celebrated in Iranian culture. The onion family includes red, white, and yellow onions, green onions, garlic, leeks, garlic…

Havij Polo -Saffron rice and carrots

Havij polo is not just another Persian rice dish. It’s rather an experience and a destination, much like getting a stamp on your passport at the end of an exotic journey! This dish is truly a journey of colors and flavors! Though there’s quite a variety of rice pilaf dishes in Persian cuisine, there are…

Tahchin – Crispy saffron rice cake

Rice is at the front and center of the Persian table, and there are quite a few techniques for preparing it, from simple steamed rice to more complex rice dishes in which various ingredients are layered into the rice to create a one-pot meal.

Zireh Polo – Cumin Turmeric Rice Pilaf layered with Chickpeas and Potatoes

Today I found myself wanting to stay close to home and do all kinds of domestic things. After the chores had been knocked off one by one, I was still longing to do something comforting and truly homey. Naturally, I ended up in the kitchen, and I started to explore some less well-known Persian recipes….

Lubia Polo – Rice with green beans and beef

Ask an Iranian what their favorite rice dish is, and they’ll likely say it’s Lubia Polo. They’ll then proceed to tell you how they make their version and why it’s the best! Though quite simple in composition, this dish has such richness because of the way the ingredients are cooked and the integration of lots…

Catch me on “Your Last Meal” podcast

Keeping company with Samin Nosrat (“Salt Fat Acid Heat” on Netflix) and Andy Baraghani (Senior Food Editor, Bon Appetit) on Rachel Belle’s podcast! Rachel Belle has an awesome podcast called “Your Last Meal” in which she interviews people from all walks of life about their favorite food. On February of 2019, I was honored to…