Shirin-Polow, Iranian Sweet Rice and Chicken. Shirin means sweet and Polo is rice in Farsi. The mild sweetness and the festive look of this rice makes it a perfect centerpiece at special occasions such as Nowruz (Persian New Year), weddings, or other special gatherings. There are many different recipes for Shirin.
In Persian cooking, all roads eventually lead to rice. Iranians are quite proud of their rice dishes and truthfully, there is a just basis for the bragging rights. Some versions of shirin polow layer chicken in with the rice, while others leave it as just a rice dish, as I have made here. You can cook Shirin-Polow, Iranian Sweet Rice and Chicken using 16 ingredients and 13 steps. Here is how you cook it.
Ingredients of Shirin-Polow, Iranian Sweet Rice and Chicken
- Prepare 1 kg of chicken breast without skin, boneless.
- It’s 1 1/4 cup of sugar.
- It’s 1/2 cup of almonds, peeled, thinly sliced.
- It’s 1/2 cup of pistachios, thinly sliced.
- Prepare 1 cup of orange peel, thinly sliced.
- It’s 2 of onions, thinly sliced.
- It’s 3 of carrots, cut into thin sticks.
- You need 4 tablespoons of butter.
- You need 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- Prepare 1/2 teaspoon of saffron.
- It’s of salt to taste.
- Prepare of black pepper to taste.
- It’s of Rice.
- Prepare 500 g of long grain rice, soaked in warm water for 2 hours then drained.
- Prepare 6 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- You need 1 tablespoon of salt.
This version of this elegant rice dish is only gently sweet, but it has a wonderfully aromatic flavor from the orange and delicious crunch from the almonds, not to mention a. According to him, this type of rice is commonly found at Persian festive occasions. His recipe suggested that you could use either turmeric or saffron. Since saffron is so expensive, I opted for turmeric, but you can substitute a the same amount of saffron.
Shirin-Polow, Iranian Sweet Rice and Chicken step by step
- In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and fry the onions in it until tender, then add in the chicken and fry until the chicken starts changing colour on all sides..
- Pour a glass of water over the chicken and onion, season with salt and pepper then leave over medium heat for 20 minutes..
- Add more water if necessary so that when the chicken is cooked, you should have half a cup of chicken broth remaining. Remove pan from heat and set aside..
- Reserve 3 tablespoons of sugar for later use and dissolve the remaining sugar in a cup of water. Place over a medium flame and bring to a boil..
- Pour the half cup of chicken broth over the water and sugar. Add in the saffron and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Stir and set aside..
- Place the sliced orange peel in a saucepan, cover with water then bring to a boil. Remove from heat; wash with cold water then drain and set aside..
- In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, add in the carrots and fry until they are soft..
- Place the orange peel back into the saucepan; add in the fried carrots and the reserved 3 tablespoons of sugar, cover with water and cook for a few minutes. Drain and set aside..
- To prepare the rice, pour 1 cup of water in a cooking pot and bring to a boil. Add in the rice and salt. Mix and keep on low heat until rice is soft. Then drain in a colander and wash the rice with warm water..
- Put 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the cooking pot then put half of the rice back into the pot. Place the chicken onion mix on the rice and then cover with another layer of rice..
- Spread half of the orange peel and carrot mix and half of the almonds and pistachios over the rice, then make another layer with the remaining rice and pour over it the sugar and chicken broth. Simmer, with the lid on for 30 minutes..
- When done, flip the pot over a wide serving platter. The rice should be golden and molded into the shape of the pot..
- Garnish with the remaining orange peel and carrot mix, pistachios and almonds. Serve hot..
I finally got around to making this dish! Shirin polo, also commonly known as Persian wedding rice or Rosh Hashanah rice, is a traditional Persian rice pilaf that is commonly served to mark special occasions such as. This delicious sweet rice is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is all about getting together with the people you love and care about. Shirin Polo is a Persian basmati rice dish traditionally served at weddings and other social occasions.