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 tastes better but feel free to use any part of chicken you like.

You’ll need also prepare white rice, here is the Kateh style rice which is “quicker” to make.

| Servings: 2

Ingredients

chicken legs
3-4 chicken legs
1tbsp Tomato paste
1-2 tbsp Tomato paste
a handful of dried Zereshk/barberries
Turmeric
1 teaspoon Turmeric
Ghee_filtered_butter
Ghee or oil
white onion
1 onion
Rosemary
Rosemary (optional)
Slices of Almonds (optional)
Slices of Almonds (optional)

Preparation

In a pot add chicken, onions, and rosemary (optional)… stir fry them on medium high heat

When they gain golden color on the surface, turn them over, add Turmeric, salt, and pepper & stir fry for some seconds

Add boiling water


Water shouldn’t be much because while chicken is cooking it releases its own juice

Put the lid and simmer for 40mins on medium heat

Afterward, remove the onion from the pot, prepare the tomato concentration:

In small pan stir fry the tomato paste (tomato concentrate) for 2 mins
Spread it on top of the chickens, move them a bit, put the lid on and let it simmer for 20mins

preparation of Zereshk

Pour water on Zereshk in a sieve, let it be for 1-2 mins
Pour water on Zereshk in a sieve, let it be for 1-2 mins
washing the Zereshk
Remove sieve from the bowl, and if it has impurities they will be in water
13- In a small pan add a bit of oil + Zereshk + 1tsp sugar + a bit of saffron and salt
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 dissolve
Stir on medium heat till sugar dissolve
turn off the heat, add 2-3 tbsp of cooked white rice and if you like sliced almonds

Meanwhile the chickens are cooked

they are ready to serve!

In each plate goes persian white rice with tahdig (rice crust) and a mix of rice with zereshk & saffron on top.

The chickens go beside the white rice, pour more juice on white rice for a greater taste for rice

Zereshk polo morgh

Noosh e Jan 😉

P.s. this dish is served with fresh herbs, fresh onions and greek white yogurt

Recipe of persian white rice

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