Adas Polo: Persian Rice with Lentils
Adas Polo: The legendary Persian rice with lentils from Iran

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Adas Polo: Persian Rice with Lentils
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Adjust Servings:
2 cups Rice
1/2 cup Green Lentils
1/4 teaspoon of Saffron dissolved in 3 tablespoons hot water
2 Onions
1 pinch of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Turmeric
Olive oil
1 Potato For Tahdig
Salt & Pepper
Dried raisins
Fried onions
  • 1h20
  • Serves 5
  • Medium


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Adas Polo : a tasty and nutritious Iranian Rice

History and Origin of this Rice with Lentils

Adas Polo is a traditional Iranian dish made of rice and lentils, often with meat, herbs and spices. It is considered one of the most popular dishes in Iranian cuisine. In this article, we will discover the history and origin of this iconic dish.

Nutritional benefits of Adas Polo

Besides being delicious, Adas Polo is also a nutritious and healthy dish. The lentils used in this dish are rich in protein, fiber and essential nutrients, while the rice provides a great source of complex carbohydrates. The spices also add health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and boosting metabolism.

How to make Adas Polo like a pro?

Ingredients needed for Adas Polo

To make Adas Polo, you will need rice, lentils, meat (optional), onions, herbs (parsley, coriander), cinnamon, turmeric, saffron and olive oil. Quantities may vary depending on the number of people to be served.

Steps to prepare Adas Polo

The preparation of Adas Polo may seem daunting at first, but with a little practice, you can master this tasty recipe. The main steps include preparing the rice, cooking the lentils, preparing the meat and spices, and finally cooking the dish. By following these simple steps, you can prepare a delicious Adas Polo at home.

Where to enjoy this delicious rice?

If you are not ready to cook a simple homemade lentil rice, you can always find it in Iranian restaurants. Many establishments offer this traditional dish, prepared with fresh and quality ingredients.

In this recipe, we explain how to make a delicious Tahdig version of Adas Polo. You can also make it without making Tahdig, which is much easier and makes this recipe impossible to miss!



Preparing the lentils

Rinse the lentils several times in cold water then pour them into a saucepan. Add a cup of water to the and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low then add 1 teaspoon of salt, cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until the lentils are tender and there is little liquid left in the pan. Reserve the cooked lentils for later.


Rice preparation

Rinse the rice in cold water, soak it in 3-4 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of salt. Then cook your rinsed rice in boiling water for about ten minutes. The rice should be firm in the center and soft on the outside. Once your rice is cooked, drain it and rinse it with cold water.


Preparation of toppings

Sauté the chopped onions in 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat until the onions begin to soften, add the turmeric, raisins, dates, a pinch of cinnamon and stir. Lightly sauté for a few minutes then set aside.


Preparation of Tahdig

Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to a large saucepan. With a spatula, place a layer of cooked rice (or thin slices of potato) in the bottom of the pan, then place a layer of cooked lentils, then another layer of rice. Repeat the process until you run out of rice and lentils. Spread the saffron diluted in water over your layers of Adas Polo.


Cooking your Adas Polo

Cover the pot and cook for 10 minutes over medium-high heat until the rice is smoking. Lower the heat to medium-low and steam the rice for another 45-50 minutes.
Invert the pan onto a large plate and admire your Tahdig Adas Polo!


Enjoy your homemade Adas Polo Tahdig!

Your magnificent Tahdig Adas polo shirt is ready! Serve it on a large plate garnished with fried onions, raisins and dates. You can also serve it with mast-o-khiar and Shirazi salad.


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