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    Adas Polo - Persian Rice With Lentils

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    1 hr 10 mins

    10 mins

    1 hr

    Barbell Bunny's Note:

    A delicious and hearty Iranian dish made of aromatic basmati rice, lentils, caramelized onion, raisins, and spices. Serve with chicken or lamb, or enjoy as a vegetarian dish.

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    1. 1
      In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and simmer lentils on low for 20 - 30 minutes, or until tender. Drain water from lentils and set aside.
    2. 2
      In a pan, saute the onions and garlic in oil. Add raisins, dates, and spices, except saffron. Mix well and set aside.
    3. 3
      Cook rice as you would like. For a sure-fire way, I use my rice cooker. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Add to rice cooker and cover with 2 cups water. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and a drizzle of oil. Cook. Once rice is done, transfer cooked rice to a large bowl.
    4. 4
      In the same pot (or your rice cooker), add oil to just cover the bottom surface. Add potato slices.
    5. 5
      Add a layer of rice.
    6. 6
      Add a layer of lentil-raisin mixture.
    7. 7
      Continue layering, ending with a final layer of rice.
    8. 8
      Cover and cook (on medium heat in a pot or just hit "cook" button on your rice cooker) for 10 minutes.
    9. 9
      Drizzle melted butter and saffron water over your rice.
    10. 10
      Cover the top of your pot or rice cooker with a tea towel to prevent steam from escaping, and top with lid.
    11. 11
      Cook on low for 30 minutes. You want to make the potatoes crispy, so they must cook slowly. In the rice cooker, I continuously hit the cook button so this process (called tadig) can happen. It's totally worth it!
    12. 12

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 14, 2014


      I made this what feels like ages ago but somehow just couldn't get the review done. It's is getting done now. 5 stars for a scrumptious dish that I could very easily make my entire meal! The potato's in the bottom are like a delicious edible plate. In fact it's so good I think I need to make this again. Made for Cous Cous and Rice Spring 2014 in the North Africa/Middle East forum.

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    • on October 08, 2014


      I am Iranian ,and this food is very common in gathering ,it is aromatic with Saffron which I recommend you to use it .it is rich with date and meat . Thank you for recipe

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    • on April 13, 2014


      Aromatic and delicious!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Adas Polo - Persian Rice With Lentils

    Serving Size: 1 (439 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 747.5
    Calories from Fat 134
    Total Fat 14.9 g
    Saturated Fat 7.9 g
    Cholesterol 30.5 mg
    Sodium 702.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 141.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 14.2 g
    Sugars 37.3 g
    Protein 17.2 g

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