persian albaloo polo

Albaloo Polo Recipe; Delicious Cherry Rice Pilaf

Albaloo polo is one of the types of Iranian pilaf dishes known as seasonal food due to cherries. The originality of this delicious food belongs to the city of Shiraz. Of course, today, using cherries in making different dishes is widespread in different seasons throughout the country. You can buy cherries in the summer and remove the kernels, then store them in the freezer so that this delicious food can be prepared in all seasons and benefit from the good properties of the cherries. Properties include anti-inflammatory, anemia relief, pain reliever, and skin and hair health. So, stay with CookingCounty with the Albaloo Polow recipe.

albalo polo recipe

How to Make Albaloo Polo?


  • 500 grams cherries 
  • 200 grams sugar 
  • 300 grams minced meat 
  • 1 onion 
  • 4 cups rice 
  • Salt and black pepper as needed
  • Turmeric and oil as needed


Step One

To prepare cherry rice pilaf, we first take the leaves and stems of the cherries, wash them, and put them in a strainer to drain the excess water. Then, we take out the cherries and put them in a pot to cook the cherries. 

Step Two

Take all the kernels out of the cherries. Put the pot on the heat, pour the sugar on the cherries and stir until it boils. Let the cherries simmer for about 10 minutes, and then remove the pot from the heat and strain it.

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Step Three

Pour the remaining cherry juice into a pot, put it on heat, and let it thicken. When the cherry juice reaches the desired concentration, remove the pot from the heat and set it aside to cool down. When the cherry juice is completely cooled down, pour it into a glass.

Step Four 

Peel and onion and grate it. Remove the excess water off the onion completely and add it to the minced meat. Pour some black pepper and salt on the meat and onion mixture and start kneading until it is completely browned and seasoned with the spices.

how to make meatball for albalu polo

Step Five 

Take the size of a small walnut from the minced meat, shape the meat into a meatball with your hands, and put it on a plate. Make meatballs with the rest of the mixture in the same way.


Step Six

Now, put the meatballs in a pan on medium heat. Keep turning the meatballs around until the color of the meatballs changes to brown. Then remove the pan from the heat and set it aside. 

frying meatballs

Step Seven

Pour half of the pot with water and add a little salt. Put the lid on the pot and increase the heat to boil sooner. When the water is boiling, wash the rice and drain it. 

Step Eight

Then pour the rice into boiling water and let the rice boil in water for 7 to 10 minutes until the rice is cooked. Now, we test a piece of rice with our teeth to see if it is soft and the rice kernel is firm; we should drain the rice.

Step Nine 

Drain the rice, put the pot on low heat and pour the oil on the bottom of it. We can put bread or potatoes in the bottom of the pot, and then add 1 to 2 spatulas of rice on the bread or potatoes.

Step Ten

Put meatballs and cherries between the layers of the rice, continue until the rice and meatballs are finished, pour half a glass of cherry syrup on the rice and one tablespoon of liquid oil put the lid on the pot. 

how to make albalo polo

Step Eleven

First, we increase the heat, and then we turn the heat to medium until the cherry pilaf is completely cooked. 

albaloo rice

How to Serve Albaloo Polo?

Put the cherry rice pilaf in a dish, decorate it with some cherries and meatballs and enjoy.

albalo polo with meatball

Albaloo Polo with Chicken 

1. We can use various methods to prepare this delicious dish with chicken. The first method is to fry and add the whole chicken breast to the Albao Polo. 

2. Another method is to use chicken meatballs. It is enough to combine 400 grams of minced chicken meat with one grated onion, then add some spices and fry it in the shape of balls and add it to the Albaloo polo.

albaloo polo with chicken

Key points in preparing Albaloo Polo

  • Instead of preparing meatballs, you can cook the meats, shred them, and put them next to the cherries. 
  • The amount of sugar depends on your taste; you can increase or decrease it. You can add or subtract some cherries depending on your preference. 
  • If you do not want the cherries to stick together during cooking, add a little butter before pouring in the rice. 
  • If you prepare Albaloo polo for your parties, use little sliced ​​almonds and soaked chopped and roasted pistachios next to the rice. 
  • You can use cherry jam if cherries are not available. 
  • Finally, brew a little saffron and pour it with butter or oil into the rice to make this food colorful. 
  • If you want the cherries to have a better appearance, it is better not to boil them too much so that they won’t be crushed. 
  • Be sure to put either potatoes or lavash bread in the bottom of the pot because the cherry juice goes to the bottom and causes the bottom of the pot to darken and burn.

This recipe is not much different from the recipe of Adas Polo and Lubia Polo. Do not forget to make this recipe and share it with us. If you also have any related questions about the Albaloo polo recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

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