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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How to Make Persian Adas Polo (Lentil Rice) Recipe
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Rinse 1 cup of lentils

Rinse 1 cup of lentils

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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)

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Once soft to the bite, strain and set aside

Once soft to the bite, strain and set aside

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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)

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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

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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.

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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

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Strain the rice

Strain the rice

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Wash the stuck pieces off with some additional water. We do this to stop the cooking process as well

Wash the stuck pieces off with some additional water. We do this to stop the cooking process as well

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You can also spray some water around it to make sure the rice stops cooking. Don't do it too much because then you'll wash off the salt

You can also spray some water around it to make sure the rice stops cooking. Don't do it too much because then you'll wash off the salt

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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

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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

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

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

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Pour in just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot

Pour in just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot

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Carefully lay the pieces of bread lining the bottom of the pot

Carefully lay the pieces of bread lining the bottom of the pot

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Pour one layer of rice and level it

Pour one layer of rice and level it

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Pour one layer of lentils and level it

Pour one layer of lentils and level it

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Pour another layer of rice. As you do this and the next few steps, try to create a mountain shape by trying not to touch the sides of the pot for better steam-cooking

Pour another layer of rice. As you do this and the next few steps, try to create a mountain shape by trying not to touch the sides of the pot for better steam-cooking

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Pour another layer of lentils

Pour another layer of lentils

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Pour another layer of rice and level it

Pour another layer of rice and level it

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Pour the rest of your lentils

Pour the rest of your lentils

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Pour the rest of your rice

Pour the rest of your rice

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With the end of your wooden spoon, like holes into the rice so that the steam can penetrate better

With the end of your wooden spoon, like holes into the rice so that the steam can penetrate better

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Put on the lid

Put on the lid

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TIP: If after about 5 minutes steam has not yet gathered, add 2-3 tbsp water along the edges to form steam

TIP: If after about 5 minutes steam has not yet gathered, add 2-3 tbsp water along the edges to form steam

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Once the steam has formed, add the towel(s)then put the lid back on. Let it cook for about 40 minutes

Once the steam has formed, add the towel(s)then put the lid back on. Let it cook for about 40 minutes

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Flip over your rice like so

Flip over your rice like so

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Take off the pot and separate tahdig like in the next photo

Take off the pot and separate tahdig like in the next photo

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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.

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.

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