Easy Adas Polo with Lamb

Adas Polo with Lamb
An easy version of the traditional rice dish with adas – green lentils, sultanas and lamb. This version allows for the rice to be cooked in the stock similar to Italian risotto.Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Yield: serves 8


  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tlbs salt
  • 1 kg lamb pieces
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tlbs salt
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup cooked adas
  • 1 potato


  1. Place lamb, onion, salt and turmeric in a large saucepan. Cover with water, bring to boil.
  2. Lower heat and simmer until the meat is falling off the bones, about an hour.
  3. Remove lamb, and discard the bones.
  4. Boil the lentils in water till half cooked and strain.
  5. Wash the rice in water and soak while the lamb is cooking.
  6. Strain and wash under running water to remove any remaining starch.
  7. In a large bowl, add the uncooked rice, lamb, lentils and sultanas and stir carefully to distribute the ingrediants.
  8. In the bottom of a heavy based saucepan, or a Persian Rice cooker ladle about 1/2 cup of lamb stock, and cover with a layer of sliced, peeled potato to form the Tahdig.
  9. Gently spoon the rice mixture over the potatoe.
  10. Measure out 4 cups of stock and gently pour over the rice mixture, being careful not to dislodge the sliced potatoe.
  11. Place a tea-towel or a cloth under the saucepan or rice cookers lid to absorb any excess moisture while the rice is steaming.
  12. Cook on a high heat until the sides of the pan are hot to touch, then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 30 – 45 minutes. Alternately if using a Persian Rice cooker, allow to run the full cycle.
  13. Place the bottom of the saucepan or rice cooker pan in about 3 cm of water in a sink to loosen the tahdig.
  14. Turn the pan upside down onto a round serving dish to serve.

Additional Tips

A Persian rice cooker makes this dish much easier as the Tahdig is formed perfectly each time with out the risk of either soggy or burnt Tahdig.


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