Shirin Polow


500 grams basmati or long-grain rice
800 grams chicken
2 spoons butter
50 grams almonds
50 grams pistachios
100 grams orange peel
500 grams sugar
two large onions
1/2 teaspoon saffron
cooking oil
salt & black pepper


  1. Soak rice in warm water for 2 hours. Wash chicken.
  2. Peel and thinly slice onions. Fry in oil until slightly golden. Add chicken pieces and fry until color changes. Add a glass of hot water, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add more hot water during cooking if necessary. About 1/2 glass of water should be left at the end. Remove chicken bones.
  4. Save 2-3 spoons of sugar for later use. Add remaining sugar to a glass of hot water and bring to a boil. Add chicken juice, 2-3 spoons of oil and saffron, and mix well.
  5. Thinly slice almonds and pistachios. Soak almonds in cold water for an hour.
  6. Thinly slice orange peels. Boil for a few minutes, drain and repeat. Soak in cold water for an hour, drain, and repeat. Finally boil for a few minutes with three spoons of sugar, and drain.
  7. Prepare rice using the recipe for polow. When rice is rinsed, pour a bit of oil, butter and hot water in a pot, and add 1/2 of rice. Spread chicken pieces over the rice, and cover with 1/2 of remaining rice.
  8. Spread half of almonds and orange peel over rice and cover with remaining rice. Pour sugar and chicken-juice mix prepared earlier over rice. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes. Add remainder of almonds, orange peel, and pistachios, and mix well.

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