Rating: 4 stars
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 0

It is a traditional Persian cuisine with an aromatic flavor. You can omit the ground beef if you want it vegetarian. Serve it with shirazi salad it will taste wonderful.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour boiling water over ground saffron; let sit for 30 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup for rice; save remaining brewed saffron for another use.

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  • Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute onion until light brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in ground beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and turmeric. Cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover the pan and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.

  • Heat remaining oil in another pan over medium heat. Saute cabbage until tender, about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and ginger. Stir mixture into ground beef mixture and continue to cook over low heat, covered, for 5 minutes, adding 1 tablespoon of water if mixture is dry.

  • Rinse and drain rice; transfer to a pot. Add cold water, butter, and remaining salt. Bring mixture to a boil, uncovered. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until rice is half-cooked and water has evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  • Add beef mixture to the rice and slowly mix to incorporate. Turn the heat to low. Add hot water and reserved 1/4 cup brewed saffron to the rice, cover the pot, and let cook until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You may adjust the amount of required water based on how you prefer your rice.

If you like a crispy tahdig, let the polo cook for extra time.

Nutrition Facts

681 calories; protein 27.4g; carbohydrates 80.5g; fat 28.1g; cholesterol 78.6mg; sodium 688.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (1)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2020
This looks great! Definitely gonna make this tonight. Thank you! Read More
3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2021
Directions a little confusing. Seasoning was too mild. Recommend using fresh ginger and more cinnamon. Might benefit from a few extra veggies mixed in. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2021
Delicious - even won over the skeptics in my home! I didn't have saffron, used turmeric in its place. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2020
This looks great! Definitely gonna make this tonight. Thank you! Read More
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