Iranian or Persian Rice is one of the basic things that every cook of Iranian dishes should know. You have only 1 ingredient to cook but it can turn out to be a hard task! The main characteristic of making Persian rice is the rice should “ری REI” in Farsi means it should “grow” (& doubles in size). It should be soft but not mushy! The only rice that “Rei”s properly is: Basmati. So make sure you have that.
There are different ways of cooking Persian rice. In this recipe, I show you how to make Kate-Rice which means it’s not drained and it’s the easiest way of cooking Persian rice! The good thing about Kate rice is we don’t throw away all those good vitamin Bs (B1, B2, B3, B5..) that are inside rice. Let’s start!
Ingredients | Servings: 2-3
first of all, you need a non-stick pot, the thicker is the bottom of your pot the better Tahdig (rice crust) becomes! But it’s ok if you have a thin bottom pot just remember to control the heat (not more than medium low). Mine has 5 layers so it’s quite thick and distributes well the heat.
Lets wash the rice:
Preferably let it rest for 1 hour but you can also cook it right away.
Add salt and For the first 5 mins, put the pot on medium high heat
Then change the heat to the medium-low. Let the rice stays on the stove for 1.5 to 2 hours. Put also a Damkoni (= a clean kitchen towel) on the lid. It absorbs the exceeded humidity of the pot and helps the rice crust to become so crunchy!
Your rice probably will cook soon (in 15 mins) but we want that nice crust at the bottom of the pot (Tahdig) so for a better result:
During this long cooking time, you can make 5-6 thin holes in rice with the bottom of a small spoon and add small chunks of Butter in them. This way, The the melted butter makes our Tahdig/rice crust better and gives a gorgeous color to it!
Preparing Saffron Rice
When to remove the rice from the stove?
Turn off the heat
The rice is ready!
This rice is a perfect match of various stews and kormas & kebabs from different cuisines (especially Indian and Thai)
Some even eat white rice with fried egg or canned tuna! Simple but delicious.
Noosh e Jan! 😉