Zereshk Polo Morgh – Barberry Rice with Chicken

Zereshk Polo Morgh literally means: Zereshk (dried barberry), Rice, Chicken. It’s one of the easiest dishes in Iranian cuisine. It cooks in 1 hour. But if you like a good tahdig (rice crust) it can take longer 😉 . I think with chicken thighs it tastes better but feel free to use any part of chicken you like. In this recipe, I used only chicken thighs. Enjoy! 🙂

Here is the recipe for Persian Kateh Rice

Ingredients | Servings: 2

3-4 chicken legs
1tbsp Tomato paste
a handful of dried Zereshk/barberries
1 teaspoon Turmeric
ground black pepper
Ghee or oil
Rosemary (optional)
1 onion
Slices of Almonds (optional)


1- In a pot add chicken, onions, and rosemary (optional)… stir fry them on medium high heat
2- Turn over chickens when they gain golden color on one side
3- Add salt, pepper, and turmeric
4- Add a bit of boiling water
5- Water shouldn’t be much because while the chicken is cooking it releases its own juice
6- Put the lid on and let it simmer for 40mins on medium heat
7- Now remove the pieces of onion and rosemary
8- In another pan put 1tbsp of tomato paste
9- Stir fry it for 2 mins
10- Spread it on the top of the chickens
11- Put the lid on and let it cook for half an hour
12- It’s done!

Remember to follow the preparations of basmati Rice here

Cooking Zereshk (barrberies)

First, we need to wash the Zereshk:

meanwhile, lets clean Zereshks: pour water on them in a sieve, let it be for 1-2 mins
Remove the sieve and throw the water away, repeat this till water is clear
13- In a small pan add a bit of oil + Zereshk + 1tsp sugar + a bit of saffron and salt
14- Stir on medium heat till sugar dissolves then turn it off
15- Ad 2-3 tbsp of white rice and mix
16- Add some slices of almonds (optional)

Our Zereshkpolo is finally ready to serve!

It tastes great with plain yogurt and raw onions.

Noosh e Jan 🙂

5/5 (5 Reviews)

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