To make this dish vegetarian, remove the meat and the cinnamon and perform all other steps as directed. To make vegan, substitute olive oil for the butter.
To make vegan, substitute olive oil for the butter.
To achieve a tight cover on the rice, some cooks will wrap the lid in a kitchen towel. The rice is cooked 'chelo' style, producing crispy coating of rice called 'tahdig.' This is intentional and a prized item at the Persian table. Gaining skill with this technique will allow the rice to turn onto a plate as if a cake and makes a lovely presentation.