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Persian Sabzi Polo (Herb Rice with Fava Beans) Recipe

Persian Sabzi Polo (Herb Rice with Fava Beans)
Persian Sabzi Polo (Herb Rice with Fava Beans)

Recipe by: GONDWANA
"This is a Persian dish which I often make for my husband. It will taste much better if you use fresh herbs. It also goes very well with either fish or chicken. Hope you like it."

Prep 20 m
Cook 55 m
Ready In 1 h 15 m


6 cups water
4 cups uncooked long-grain white rice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 bunch fresh dill, chopped
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen fava beans
ground turmeric to taste
ground cinnamon to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper


In a large saucepan bring water to a boil. Rinse rice; stir into boiling water. Boil just until rice rises to the surface of the water. Drain rice and return it to the saucepan. Stir in the oil and water. Mix in the dill, parsley, cilantro, fava beans, turmeric, cinnamon, salt and pepper.

Cook the rice over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to the lowest setting. Cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes. Note: It's normal to end up with crispy rice (called Tadig) on the bottom of the pot after cooking; it's delicious.

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