Iranian Eslamboli Polou (Rice With Ground Meat)

Total Time
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 1 hr

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.


  1. Fry the sliced onions in oil until slightly golden.
  2. Add ground lamb or beef, salt, and black pepper and fry until color changes.
  3. Dissolve tomato paste in a glass of hot water and add to meat.
  4. Cook for a few minutes until little water is left.
  5. Wash rice twice and soak in salted warm water for 3-4 hours, then drain the water.
  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. Mix the rice with the meat, and continue simmering for another 10-20 minutes.
Most Helpful

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!!

natedbaby October 05, 2010

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.

Elmotoo June 21, 2012

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.

UmmBinat August 16, 2010