Iranian Eslamboli Polou (Rice With Ground Meat)

READY IN: 4hrs
Recipe by littlemafia

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.

Top Review by natedbaby

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!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.

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