Delicious Adas Polow
I added these new photos April 7th, 2011.
Above is a tah dig I made using 2 spatulas full of rice mixed with 2 heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt and a teaspoon of saffron infused water. Heat the oil in the pot then place the yogurt mixture on the bottom of the pot before layering the rest of the rice and the meat mixture.
I serve extra raisins on the side so everyone can add as much as they like.
2 cups basmati rice
2 onions, peeled and diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lb ground beef
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon saffron disolved in 3 tablespoons hot water
3/4 cup dry lentils
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons dry orange peel
butter & canola oil
Rinse the rice then boil in a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook just until tender but still has a slight bite to it. Drain it.
Boil the lentils in a pot of boiling salted water. Drain and rinse.
Boil the orange peel and drain 3 times to remove the bitterness and rehydrate them. I just put them in the microwave for 1 minute 3 times with fresh water then drained.
Fry onions and garlic in a bit of butter and canola oil till golden, then add ground beef. Continue to cook until the beef is done then add the spices and 1 teaspoon of the saffron water.
Add the cooked lentils, orange peel and 1/2 cup of the raisins to the beef mixture.
In the same pot you cooked your rice (because who wants to wash more dishes?) decide how you want to prepare the bottom of your pot. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil to the pot. Either put a layer of sliced potatoes on the bottom, or a layer of pita bread. Or take 2 tablespoons plain yogurt and mix it with 2 spatulas full of rice and a few drops of saffron water and layer this on the bottom of the pot.
Then, take 2 spatulas of rice and place it over your potatoes or whatever you choose. Add a layer of the beef and lentil mixture. Build a pyramid by layering the rice and meat mixture finishing with a layer of rice. Cover and cook on medium for 10 minutes.
Take the remaining saffron water and some melted butter (maybe 2 tablespoons) and pour it over your pyramid. Place a clean dish towel on your pot and then cover with the lid. Cook for another 50 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before uncovering to allow the crust to come free.
In the meantime, take another 1/2 cup of raisins and fry in 1 tablespoon butter just until they start to puff up. Remove the rice from the pot onto a serving platter and sprinkle with the fried raisins. Remove the crust from the pot and hide it or you might not get any. Serve with plain yogurt.
Tip: You could probably make this vegetarian but taking out the beef and using more lentils.
Original Recipe: Adapted from Najmieh Batmanglij's New Food of Life cookbook.
- adas polow - rice with lentils -