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2 hrs 10 mins
1 hr 10 mins
This is delicious rice! I adore the barberries in this. This is excellent served with Iranian Chicken With Turmeric, Saffron, and Lemon Juice or you can add some cooked chicken as you layer the rice. "There are a couple of different ways to make Zereshk Polow. Some folks layer the rice with zereshk (barberries) and steam them together while others simply make a chelow and add the zereshk on top. Personally, I am a fan of the first method as I think that the polow as a whole tastes better. With this said the zereshk changes color in the steaming process and goes from a gorgeous bright ruby red color to a dull brownish color. So at some point I came up with an idea where I hold on to a little bit of the zereshk and sprinkle it on top of the rice when it’s time to serve it." Modified from a recipe found on http://mypersiankitchen.com
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- 1 cup rice (the kind you have to soak a long time from a Iranian shop)
- 1/2 cup dried barberries (found in Iranian shops)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons saffron water (Persian Saffron Water)
- 5 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon advieh persian mixed spice (Advieh - Persian Spice Mix)
- sea salt, to taste
- 1Wash rice several times until water runs clear.
- 2Soak rice with salt to taste for at least an hour.
- 3Bring a pot of water to a boil add salt to taste and add drained rice.
- 4Once boiling, cook 10 minutes.
- 5While the rice cooks, gently scoop the rice from the bottom of the pot and bring to the surface and release. Do this step several times. NOTE: Do not stir.
- 6Place a colander in the sink. You will want to choose a colander where the holes are small so that the rice won’t escape.
- 7Check the rice to make sure it is cooked. It should be soft and cooked but not mushy. Drain rice in colander.
- 8Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- 9Pick over the barberries and remove any stones you may find and then soak in water for 5-10 minutes.
- 10Rinse barberries after soaking.
- 11In a skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter then add the barberries. Add the sugar and give it a nice stir so that the barberries are coated with butter and sugar.
- 12You will see that they will start to plump up! Add 1 tablespoon saffron water and let the barberries absorb the liquid for about one minute. Remove from heat.
- 13Melt remaining butter in a heavy pot, stir in a 1/2 tbs saffron water and a couple large spoons of rice. Pat down somewhat. This will for the tahdig crust.
- 14Sprinkle advieh and top with some barberry mixture.
- 15Repeat layers until the last layer is rice, reserving about 1/4 of a cup of barberries for garnish.
- 16Create 3-4 holes in the rice with the bottom of your spoon.
- 17Cover and cook on medium-high 10 minutes or until crust would be formed but not burnt.
- 18Melt 1 tbs of butter and mix with 1/2 tablespoon of Saffron water and 1 tablespoon of water. Pour all over rice.
- 19Cover tightly and cook 1 hour on low.
- 20Serve rice in a platter and top with the reserved barberries serve with Iranian Chicken With Turmeric, Saffron, and Lemon Juice for a delicious combination.
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Nutritional Facts for Persian Rice With Barberries (Zereshk Polow)
Serving Size: 1 (108 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 666.4
- Calories from Fat 264
- Total Fat 29.3 g
- Saturated Fat 18.3 g
- Cholesterol 76.3 mg
- Sodium 255.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 93.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
- Sugars 15.7 g
- Protein 6.7 g
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