Baghali Polo - Persian Rice With Lima Beans

Recipe by Barbell Bunny
READY IN: 1hr 30mins




  • In a saucepan, saute the onion and lima beans over medium heat for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine saffron water and yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of your basmati rice to this bowl and mix.
  • In a large pot, add enough water to thinly cover the bottom. Add 3 tablespoons canola oil and give it a swirl so the water and oil mix.
  • Layer the bottom of the pot with the rice and yogurt mixture.
  • Add a handful of chopped dill to the pot then cover with a small layer of rice.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of advieh over the rice.
  • Add a generous layer of lima beans.
  • Add a generous layer of chopped dill.
  • Gently mix the rice, fava beans, and dill.
  • Continue layering until you are out of both rice and the vegetables. You should finish with a layer of rice. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of advieh on top.
  • With the end of a spatula, make holes around the perimeter of the pot, making sure you don't pass the yogurt-rice layer.
  • Cover and on high for 10 minutes.
  • Place a towel on top of the pot and cover tightly. Cook on medium-low for 1 hour.
  • Halfway through the cooking process, drizzle 2 tablespoons of melted butter or oil over the rice. If you'd like, you can also add a pinch of saffron to the butter or oil too.