Sabzi Polo

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Sabzi Polo

Sabzi Polo

Sabzi Polo is a great accompaniment to fried fish, and is traditionally served around the Persian New Year, Naw Ruz, on the 21 st March
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 d 30 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course main
Cuisine Persian
Servings 6 people
Calories 382 kcal


  • 3 cups white basmati rice
  • 2 litres boiling water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbls ghee
  • 1 med potato
  • 2 tsp each of dried parsley dried coriander and dried dill
  • ½ tsp saffron powder


  • Wash the rice well, until the water runs clear.
  • Place the rice in a large saucepan with the salt and pour enough boiling water over the rice to enable the rice to move freely after expansion from cooking.
  • Bring rice to the boil until it is 3/4 cooked. Still a little hard in the center to bite.
  • Rinse the rice under running water in a colander until the water runs clear.
  • Peel the potato and slice.
  • In the bottom of a Persian rice cooker pan, or a non-stick saucepan, brush half the ghee and then layer the potato over the Ghee totally covering the bottom of the pan.
  • Gently spoon the on third of the rice over the potato, sprinkle one teaspoon of each of the dried herbs, and some  saffron powder over the rice,
  • Repeat the layers of rice and herbs, the finish with a layer of rice.
  • Add the remainder of the Ghee to the top of the rice.
  • Cover the rice cooker lid with a tea towel or cloth and place on the top of the pot.
  • Run the rice cooker through its cycle, if using a non stick saucepan, initially bring the heat to high until steam is formed in the saucepan, then reduce the temperature to low-med for about 30 minutes.
  • When the rice is ready, invert the pot onto a flat round serving dish, taking care to retain the tahdig.


Sabzi Polo is just one version of layered rice, this recipe can be recreated with many other ingredients.


Calories: 382kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg
Keyword rice
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