Estamboli polo (Persian Tomato Rice)

By Roya Zandbiglari


  • Ingredients:

– 250g minced meat
– 2 cups Basmati rice
– 1 large onion
– 2 large potatoes
– 1 can of chopped tomatoes
– 2 tbsp tomato puree
– saffron
– 1 tsp garlic powder, paprika, tumeric, salt and pepper

  • Instructions:

– dice the onion and soften in a little oil


– add the meat and continue to fry

– add the tomato paste and continue to cook


– cut the potatoes into cubes and add to the mixture and cook for a few more minutes

– add the chopped tomatoes and the seasonings

– add 2 cups of water


– let the mixture simmer

– cover the rice with water enough to cover the rice


– add 1 tbsp of oil and 1tbsp of salt and cook until the water is gone and the rice is al dente

– cover the bottom of the pan with a mixture of saffron already brewed in boiling water and oil

– cut a wrap bread into triangles and place at the bottom of the pan

– pour a layer of rice then a layer of sauce and continue layere after layer till mixtures are finished

– cover with cotton wrapped lead and cook on low heat for 35 minutes or until rice and potatoes are cooked

– Enjoy!

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