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Sib Polo Recipe | Persian Potato and Rice
Today at Takrecipe, we want to share a vegetarian dish from Iran. Sib polo is an easy and quick dish to prepare and is perfect for days when you do not know what to cook and are in a hurry. Sib polo is mainly cooked in Kermanshah, one of the Kurdish provinces of Iran. This dish is made with parboiled rice and potato filling and can be paired with fish, minced meat, or chicken fillet. Potatoes are beneficial for bone health and blood pressure regulation. Stay with us to learn how to make this delicious Sib polo.
|Ingredients for two people|
|Dried dill||2 tbsp|
|Brewed saffron||2 tbsp|
|Black pepper||To taste|
Sib Polo Recipe
Wash the rice to clean it from extra starch and dust. Put the rice and a tablespoon of salt in a bowl filled with water and let them soak for about 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of rice. Then drain them with a colander and set them aside.
Scrub potatoes well and remove any eyes. Peel and chop them into small chunks and rinse them with cold water to remove the extra starch.
Fill a suitable pot halfway with water and put it on heat. Once the water is at a boil, add one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of liquid oil, soaked rice, and rinsed potatoes to the pot.
Let them parboil for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, once the rice becomes soft outside and uncooked in the center, put the rice and potatoes in a colander to rinse.
Now place a pot on heat, coat its bottom with oil, and heat it for about 10 seconds. Then cover the bottom of the pot with a layer of sliced potatoes or flatbread to prevent the pot’s ingredients from sticking to the bottom and burning. This layer will become a delicious crispy layer named Tahdig that you can serve along with your Sib polo.
Now add the mixture of parboiled rice and potatoes with a sprinkle of dried dill layer by layer. If you like, you can put some garlic cloves in the middle of the pot. Cooked garlic brings a pleasant aroma to the dish.
Now shape the rice into a pyramid and make some holes with the handle of your spatula in the rice. These will act as air pockets and allow the rice to steam well.
Next, mix one or two tablespoons of liquid oil with brewed saffron and spread them on the rice. Now put the lid on and place it on medium-high heat until you see steam rising from the rice. Then wrap the lid with a clean towel, put it on firmly, reduce the heat to low, and let it steam for about 45 minutes to an hour. Your Sib polo is ready now. You can pair it with Khoresh Morgh or Mahiche and serve it with Torshi and olive. Enjoy your meal!
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