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How to make persian adas polo (lentil rice)

This goes great with the guide I made on Saffron Chicken. Serves 3-4 people.

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STEPS
INGREDIENTS
Rinse 1 cup of lentils

Rinse 1 cup of lentils

Cook them in about 3 cups of water until soft, but not mushy (about 20 minutes of simmering should do it)

Cook them in about 3 cups of water until soft, but not mushy (about 20 minutes of simmering should do it)

Once soft to the bite, strain and set aside

Once soft to the bite, strain and set aside

Wash 2 and a half cups of rice (I use Jasmine because of the better flavor, but Persians usually use longer grains like Basmati)

Wash 2 and a half cups of rice (I use Jasmine because of the better flavor, but Persians usually use longer grains like Basmati)

Add your salt and oil to the water in the rice cooker, then bring the rice to boil

Add your salt and oil to the water in the rice cooker, then bring the rice to boil

You'll know the rice is cooked when it looks like the grain on the right. If it's white in the center like the left grain, it's not cooked enough. The grain must look fully clear.

You'll know the rice is cooked when it looks like the grain on the right. If it's white in the center like the left grain, it's not cooked enough. The grain must look fully clear.

Once the water is at the same level as the rice, it should be ready for straining

Once the water is at the same level as the rice, it should be ready for straining

Wash & dry the pot so you can make proper tahdig. If you don't, the pot will be sticky and your tahdig will not come out right

Wash & dry the pot so you can make proper tahdig. If you don't, the pot will be sticky and your tahdig will not come out right

If you saw and remembered how to make tahdig from my Lubia Polo guide, you can skip steps 13-15 of this guide. If not, continue & ignore this step

If you saw and remembered how to make tahdig from my Lubia Polo guide, you can skip steps 13-15 of this guide. If not, continue & ignore this step

Cut up your flat bread into pizza-looking slices for the tahdig

Cut up your flat bread into pizza-looking slices for the tahdig

Put on the lid

Put on the lid

Enjoy thoroughly. Personally, I like to mix some cinnamon and sugar into it on my own plate. Try it if you like! 1/4tsp cinnamon to 1/2tsp sugar per cup of Adas Polo.

  • FOR THE RICE
  • 2.0Tbsp Oil
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1/2c Rice
  • 6.0c Water
  • 1/2 Flat Bread
  • FOR THE LENTILS
  • 1.0tsp Salt
  • 1.0c Lentils
  • 3.0c Water
  • KITCHEN APPLIANCES:
  • 1.0 Rice Cooker or Nonstick Pot
  • 1.0 Small Pot
  • 1.0 Wooden Spoon
  • 2.0 Strainers
  • 1.0 Large Tray