Recipe by Anselma
This is my favourite Iranian dish. It takes a long time to cook it, but it sure is worth is! I found this recipe on Anvari, but adapted it slightly on how my mum cooks it.You can also cook the chicken extra and not necessarily together with the rice - this is how my mum used to cook it. Nush-e Jun!
- 500 g basmati rice
- 4 boneless chicken breasts (and skinless)
- 1 kg sour cherry (or black cherries or cherries)
- 1 kg sugar
- 2 onions (medium)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron
- cooking oil
- black pepper (optional)
- potato (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash the cherries and remove the stones. Add sugar. Use less sugar if you are using normal cherries rather than sour or black cherries. Bring to boil and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool down completely. Remove the extra syrup.
- Peel and thinly slice the onions. Wash the chicken breasts, add the onions, salt and black pepper, and a glass of hot water, and cook over medium heat for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool, then filter the chicken juice and save for later use.
- Follow instructions for preparing Polow until the rice is rinsed.
- Mix half of the rinsed rice with the cherries.
- Pour 2 spoonfuls of cooking oil and half a glass of hot water in the pot. Peal and cut the potatoes in about 1 cm thin slices and spread the potato slices on the bottom of the pot.
- Follow with the cherry-rice and cover with half of the remaining rice.
- Spread chicken over the rice, and cover with the remaining rice. Shape into a cone.
- Mix 2-3 spoonfuls of cooking oil with the cherry syrup and chicken juice and pour the mix over the rice.
- Cover the pot and cook over low heat for about one hour.
- Dissolve the saffron in a bit of hot (but not boiling) water or soak the threads in the hot water for several minutes prior to use (this helps release the beneficial components).
- When the rice is cooked, remove some of it and mix it with the dissolved saffron.
- When serving, spread saffron-rice over Albaloo-Polow.