Massoud Nasseri's Food Blog

Massoud Nasseri's Food Blog
Massoud Nasseri's Food Blog

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Fava-Dill Rice (Baghali-Polo)

You need:

4 cups of aged basmati rice
1 package of frozen fava beans (peeled and split. Usually found in Iranian or oriental stores)
1 cup of fresh dill-weed chopped (or 4 tablespoon of dried dill-weed)
2 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of Persian saffron grinned and melted in 2 tablespoon of hot water 
2 tablespoon of corn oil or olive oil

How to make it:

Bring water to boil with the salt added
Add the rice (wash the rice before putting it in the boiling water)
Let the rice cook for about 8 minutes
Add the frozen fava and dill-weed
Cook another 4 minutes
Drain the water while trying not to loose any of the dill-weed from the draining process (use a fine colander)
Add oil in the bottom of the pot (or an electric server pot)
Pour the rice mixture into the pot
Add 3-4 spoon of the rice mixture into the melted saffron (this is for the garnish)
Sprinkle the rice mixture with the cinnamon powder
Add the saffron rice and spread lightly on the top
Cover the pot and have the heat on high for 1 minutes
Reduce the heat to low and let the rice steam for 15-20 minuts

Serve with you favorite meat (stewed lamb shank, pot-roast beef, baked chicken) 
or if you don't feel like meat, top it off with one or 2 fried eggs


Persian Plain White Rice (Polo)