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    Iranian Eslamboli Polou (Rice With Ground Meat)

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    4 hrs

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    1 hr

    littlemafia's Note:

    A quick Iranian dish and very popular. Leave out the meat and make it a vegetarian dish. Make sure to soak the rice 3-4 hours prior to cooking.

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    1. 1
      Fry the sliced onions in oil until slightly golden.
    2. 2
      Add ground lamb or beef, salt, and black pepper and fry until color changes.
    3. 3
      Dissolve tomato paste in a glass of hot water and add to meat.
    4. 4
      Cook for a few minutes until little water is left.
    5. 5
      Wash rice twice and soak in salted warm water for 3-4 hours, then drain the water.
    6. 6
      Pour water in a large non-stick pan until it is half-full and bring it to a boil. Add rice and a spoonful of salt and continue boiling until rice slightly softens. Pour rice into a drain and wash it with slightly warm water.
    7. 7
      Mix the rice with the meat, and continue simmering for another 10-20 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 05, 2010

      MOST EXCELLENT! A true comfort food dish! Don't skimp on the onions and remember to fry them until they are golden to bring out their sweetness...A lovely dish! I served it with Salad Shirazi and topped it with a nice dollop of plain yogurt...YUM YUM!!

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    • on June 21, 2012


      a very simple dish but so delicious! it made a lot but we had no leftovers & in fact, THE PICKY ONE wimpered that she didn't get seconds! looks like this will be made again! Made for Visiting Persia in the NA/ME Forum 6/12.

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    • on August 16, 2010


      This was nice, not spicy of course but good. I added some cooked sweet baby peas at the end as well and served this with a yogurt salad that had sweet onion and cucumber in it. I also served a fresh salad as well. I would like to make this again for DH for something simple sometime.

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    Nutritional Facts for Iranian Eslamboli Polou (Rice With Ground Meat)

    Serving Size: 1 (351 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 801.6
    Calories from Fat 245
    Total Fat 27.2 g
    Saturated Fat 10.9 g
    Cholesterol 73.0 mg
    Sodium 198.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 109.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.9 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 28.3 g

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