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    Javaher Polow (Persian Jeweled Rice)

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    1 hr 55 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Cookgirl's Note:

    From a local source. A time consuming recipe but well worth the effort. Note: this is intended to be served with my Saffron Steamed Basmati Rice (Persian Polow) . For festive occasions!

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    • 1 cup finely slivered orange peel
    • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 cup dried barberries, cleaned and drained
    • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
    • 4 tablespoons grapeseed oil, divided
    • 1/2 cup raisins
    • 1 teaspoon persian advieh mixed spice (see Advieh)
    • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
    • 2 tablespoons slivered pistachios
    • plain yogurt, drained, for garnish


    1. 1
      Begin by preparing Basmati Polow (Saffron Steamed Basmati Rice (Persian Polow)) and set aside.
    2. 2
      Place the slivered orange slices in a saucepan and cover with water.
    3. 3
      Bring to a boil, drain to remove bitter taste.
    4. 4
      Place the orange peel, carrots and sugar in a saucepan. Add 1 cup water, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
    5. 5
      Soak the barberries by placing them in a colander fitted inside a large bowl full of cold water. Soak 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove colander from bowl, run berries under cold water. Drain and set aside.
    7. 7
      In a large non-stick pan over medium heat sautè the sliced onion in 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil until the onions are translucent and soft.
    8. 8
      Add the drained barberries and raisins. Cook for *only* 2 minutes because barberries burn easily! Remove from heat; set aside.
    9. 9
      You, Dear cook, have two options for serving the polow, (assuming your rice is prepared):.
    10. 10
      Option 1: Mix the rice and barberry mixture with the orange peel mixture. Stir in the advieh and the nuts. Serve yogurt on side.
    11. 11
      Option 2: Layer the rice, barberry mixture and orange peel mixture. Sprinkle nuts on top. Serve yogurt on side.
    12. 12
      I prefer Option 2. Your choice!
    13. 13
      Cooking time includes preparing the saffron rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 17, 2011


      Delicious rice dish that I don't think anyone would deny! I did use less orange peel which I grated on the larger grate of my box grater, I think next time I would exchange orange for lemon though as we prefer lemon flavour in main dishes. I used canola oil instead of grape seed oil, yellow raisins to give more of a contrast in colour and flavour wise in this I think they would go better than Thompson raisins. I used a modified version of Advieh, roasted pistachios which I shelled and chopped up a little in my small blender, Balkan (thick) yogurt stirred, I really recommend the yogurt with this, plus the rest. I chose to layer, which I would do again but next time I would put some barberries on top as well as the nuts as it was very colourful in the middle yet the top looked kind of plain. Made for NA*ME Tag! Come play!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Javaher Polow (Persian Jeweled Rice)

    Serving Size: 1 (72 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 239.3
    Calories from Fat 103
    Total Fat 11.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 16.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    Sugars 25.8 g
    Protein 2.0 g

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    dried barberries

    mixed spice

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