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Persian Morasa Polo Recipe, a Jewel on your table

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Morasa polo, called Persian jeweled rice due to its beauty, is one of the most delicious food that you can serve it in your parties. Actually this Persian dish is from Qazvin City. Cooking Morasa polo may take a while but is so easy and When you face the result, you’ll be surprised because it doesn’t only look stunning enough to make your guests jaws drop but it tastes heavenly too!!!

Morasa polo is one of the major food in Persian festivals such as new year. Cookery magazine hopes you try this amazing food.

Morasa Polo ingredients:

chicken breast 3 pounds
basmati rice12 cups
turmeric powder1 teaspoon
Paprika1 teaspoon
sea saltas needed
pepperas needed
ghee or butter6 tablespoons
sugar1 tablespoon
rasin1 cup
barberry1/2 cup
slivered raw pistachio1 cup
almonds1 cup
saffron1/2 teaspoon

Chickens for Persian Jeweled Rice

Cut your chicken breasts into cubes and add three cups of water along with one sliced onion. Let this cook on medium high heat for about 30 to 35 minutes.

How to cook rice in persian way?

Soak 12 cups of basmati rice and water 5 hours. Later drain it and add it to 2,5 cups of boiling water as we’re gonna let it cook for about 20 to 25 minutes until It’s par cooked and the heat should be adjusted to medium high heat. After your rice is semi-cooked, you’re gonna drain it and make Tahdig.

Persian rice cooking

Persian Tahdig Recipe

Tahdig means the bottom of the pot. To make Tahdig, you may either slices of flat bread or potatoes. Pour 2 or 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into your pot.

When it starts to sizzle add your potato slices. Each potatoes slice should be about half centimeter to 1 centimeter in thickness. If you don’t prefer to use potatoes, you may use any kind of flat breads such as Persian Lavash bread or Matzoh bread, using tortilla is another option. By the end of the cooking process potatoes will become crunchy, crispy and golden. There’s never enough Tahdig for everyone, so your guests will fight over it.

Iranian Tahdig

Next add your semi-cooked drained rice on top of the potatoes and let it steam for 20 to 25 minutes on medium low heat. Before putting the lid on, add half cup of water to prevent the rice from becoming too dry in the steaming process. And make a few holes with the back of your spoon to improve the steaming process.

Final steps of Morasa Polo

Once your chicken is almost cooked, it’s time to season it. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, half a teaspoon of paprika and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. You can add additional spices such as pepper.

After your chicken breast are completely cooked, turn off the heat and at the same time your rice should be ready too.

For the final touch, add a few tablespoons of ghee for extra flavor. you can also use butter or if you are on diet٫ skip this part.

How to make this dish a real jewel

n addition to orange peels You need nuts and other dried fruits Such as raisins and barberries. Also up Pistachio are most because of the green That’s add to the whole Jew thing.Use one cup of slivered raw Pistachio.

Next lightly fry them on medium low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes by using 2 tablespoons of ghee and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. (Pistachios have a ton of health benefits such as helping in Vape control promoting healthy gut bacteria and has in your sleep quality and benefiting your blood vessels )
addition to Raw slivered pistachios, use slivered raw almonds, raisin and dried Barberries and repeat the process of pistachio with these and fry them. But about Barberries don’t forget to add a tablespoon of sugar. You can use sauté carrots, too.

dry your cooked chicken breast and fry them in pan with vegetable oil or ghee. After exterior side of chicken breast becomes golden and crispy.

Soaking Saffron

In the meantime, you start to prepare liquid Saffron meaning that you want to mix half of teaspoon saffron threads with half cup of hot boiling water. Let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes and pour one fourth of it on your chicken breasts. Saffron adds a vibrant color to your chicken and elevates the flavor of your dish due to its unique aroma.

soaking saffron

Stir your chicken breasts until all surfaces of them are covered with liquid saffron then you can go ahead and turn off the heat.

How to serve Morasa Polo

At last you must make some saffron rice by combining one fourth of cup liquid saffron with one and half cups of your cooked rice.

Now decorate your rice with orange peels, raisins, Barberries, slivered almonds, slivered pistachios and saffron rice.

serve Morasa Polo

Frequently asked questions about Morasa Polo

Can I eliminate some of the nuts from Morasa Polo recipe?

Yes, you can use the nuts that you like their flavor

What can I use for Persian Tahdig?

Slices of flat bread such as Lavash or potatoes. The mixture of saffron, egg and yogurt is so common for Tahdig

Persian Jeweled rice or Morasa Polo is ready! This dish has a nice balanced of sweet and soured taste which create this unique harmony. Persian Jeweled rice can be cooked with lamb chops too. I hope you enjoy learning this Persian dish.

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