Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice from Cooking and Cooking
Yield: Serves 6-8

Dried orange zest:

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add carrots and saute for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Place the dried orange zest in a small pot. Pour 2 1/2 cups water over them and bring to a boil. Use a colander and drain out the water. Return orange zest to the pot. Pour water and bring to a boil. Drain again. Repeat 3 times to take away any bitter flavour that may be present. Then drain and set aside.

Place orange zest, sugar, carrots, 1 cup water and rosewater in a pot. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Then add 3/4 teaspoon ground saffron and cook covered until tender (about 10-15 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Add almonds and pistachios, and mix well. Set the mixture aside.

Meanwhile cook the rice (click for Persian Rice recipe). When rice is ready, in a large bowl mix 2-3 cups of cooked rice with the carrot mixture and set aside.

To serve, place a layer of rice on a serving dish then a layer of mixed rice. Repeat the layers. Serve with Cooked Chicken or Persian Lamb Shanks.