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Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice

Posted on 2011-04-17
Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice
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Shirin Polo or Shirin Polow is a Persian sweet rice dish. Shirin polo with Persian Lamb Shanks or Cooked Chicken is an amazing rice dish that usually it is served on special occasions like weddings.

Yield: Serves 6-8

  • 3 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice (I used this brand: Saleem Caravan, Super Golden Basmati Rice)
  • 1 cup (50 g) dried orange zest or 100 g fresh orange zest, you can find the dried one in Persian stores
  • 4 cups (280 g) matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds, slivered
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, slivered
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater, optional (you can find it at any Iranian store)
  • canola oil

Dried orange zest:

Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon ground saffron in 2 tablespoons of boiling water and set the dissolved saffron aside (click for How to Use Saffron), using for garnish.

Soak slivered pistachios and almonds in cold water for 15 minutes, then drain and set aside.

In a large non-stick frying pan, heat 4 tablespoons of canola oil over medium heat; add carrots and saute for 4 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-low heat for 5 minutes. Then add 1/2 teaspoon ground saffron and cook covered until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, add almonds and pistachios; mix well. Set the orange zest mixture aside.

Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice

Meanwhile cook the rice (click for Persian Rice recipe). When rice is ready, in a small bowl mix 4-5 tablespoons of cooked rice with dissolved saffron, set the saffron rice aside.

Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice

To serve, place a layer of rice on a serving dish then a layer of orange zest mixture and combine well. Repeat the layers and sprinkle the saffron rice over them. Serve with Cooked Chicken or Persian Lamb Shanks.

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Shirin Polow, Persian Orange Rice
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Posted by NASIR UPPAL on 2016-03-12
its nice

Posted by Maryam on 2012-09-03
Target dish for this Sunday!

Posted by soraya on 2012-05-22
good receipe for shirin polo.

Posted by soraya on 2012-05-22
very good

Posted by Bijan on 2011-04-20
One of the best Persian dishes.

Posted by chefblogdigest on 2011-04-17
I would be glad to try this!

Posted by afi on 2011-04-17
my beloved shirin polow.

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