Sabzipolo mahi

Sabzi polo mahi – rice with herbs and fish recipe

Sabzi Polo Mahi (means: herbs rice fish) is a typical dish of Nowrooz (Iranian new year Eve). You need a few ingredients and except for the preparation of the herbs, the rest is quite easy!

Almost any fish (salmon, mackerel, sea bass, …) goes well with this dish. Traditionally the Caspian sea fishes like Mullet (کفال), whitefish (ماهی سفید), trout (قزل‌آلا) are more popular.

Here I used Common Dentex (Dentice in Italian), because that day in the fish market I found this type as the “catch of the day”.

Servings: 3-4 | Cooking Time: 1hour 30mins


60g/2.1oz Dill
60g/2.1oz Coriander
60g/2.1oz Parsley
150g/5.2oz Leek or chives
1 Garlic clove
500g/17.6oz Basmati rice
1 fish fillet per person
2 knobs of butter
Pickled garlic (optional)
video recipe of sabzipolo


1- Chop the herbs on a cutting board, grate a clove of garlic and mix them in a bowl
2- Wash the basmati rice and add it to a boiling & salty water till it doubls in size
3- Drain rice and add herbs and mix them gently

– Put a non-stick pot on medium heat and pour a bit of hot water, a pinch of grounded saffron, a knob of butter, mix till butter melts completely.

4- Toss in the mix of rice and herbs

– Put the lid on, wait a few minutes, until it starts to steam.

– Cover the lid with a clean kitchen cloth and let the rice cook for 1 hour on low heat.

5- Clean and debone fish fillets, make some cuts into it and sprinkle salt and pepper

– Fry fish, to have a crunchy skin. Place it in pan from the meat side, when it becomes golden, turn it over till the other side gains the same color. YES, we like a crunchy fried fish 🙂

Frying fish with a crunchy skin

Overturn the pot of rice on big plate and finger’s crossed you’ll have good tahdig 😉

The fish is ready. The rice is ready… It’s time to serve! 🎉

If you are lucky enough and have pickled garlic which is typical north Iran, don’t hesitate to taste this with it coz it pushes the flavor to whole another level ❤️

Noosh e jan & happy Nowrooz 😉

5/5 (9 Reviews)


  1. Bahareh March 7, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Please note that If you don’t like to have a dark tahdig like the one in this recipe, just don’t mix all the rice with herbs, add a layer of white rice first then add the rice & herbs mixture on top. 😉

  2. Afsaneh March 7, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Soooo delicious 🙂

    1. Bahareh March 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      That’s great thanks for feedback 😀

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