Reshteh Polo

Reshteh Polo Recipe; Persian Noodle Rice

Reshteh Polo (rice and noodle) is one of the local and old Persian dishes. Reshteh Polo is prepared in different forms, with chicken, minced meat, or without any of them.

In preparing this dish, noodles and rice are combined and brewed together. Join us with the recipe for preparing delicious Reshteh Polo.

Ingredients for Reshteh Polo

Reshteh Polo is delicious food that vegetarians can also enjoy. You need rice, noodles, turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, and oil to prepare delicious Reshteh Polo. This dish is usually decorated with raisins and dates.

Ingredients for four people

  • 2 cups of rice 
  • 100 grams of noodles 
  • Oil, turmeric, and salt as needed 
  • Peel a large onion and grate it 
  • ½ a cup of raisins which is already soaked 
  • 10 dates without kernels and cut in half 
  • ½ teaspoon of brewed saffron 
  • A loaf of Lavash, Sangak, or Taftoon bread 
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon


Step One

Wash the rice, soak it in some water, and add a tablespoon of salt. Put it aside for two hours.

soaking rice

Step Two

Fill half a medium saucepan with water and boil over medium heat. Then pour a tablespoon of salt into the pot. Drain the rice water and pour the rice into the pot. At this stage, the water boils. Do not lower the flame and allow the water to boil.

boiling rice

Step Three

In the last five minutes of cooking the rice, divide the noodles into three parts by hand and pour them into the pot before rinsing. Stir the rice and noodles so that they do not stick together. After five minutes, press a grain of rice between two fingers, and if the area around it is soft and the kernel is a little firm, drain the rice and noodles. Taste a grain of rice and if you feel it is salty, pour a little water on the rice in the strainer to balance the salt.

rice and noodles

Step Four

Place the pot on a medium flame and add three to four tablespoons of liquid or olive oil. Use Lavash, Sangak, or Taftoon bread to prepare. Cut the bread to the size of the bottom of the pot and place it in there. Pour the rice and noodles into the lidded pot and let the Reshteh Polo simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Use a steamer to better brew the rice.

reshteh polo

Step Five

In the last 15 minutes of brewing rice, mix the brewed saffron with oil or butter and pour it on the noodles and rice.

Step Six

While the rice is brewing, pour some oil into the pan and put it on medium heat. Then fry the chopped onions in oil until they become golden. Then add turmeric and cinnamon to the onions and fry the ingredients together a little to smell the spices. Drain the soaked raisins and set them aside to dry. Then add the raisins and seedless dates to the onions in the pan and fry them until soft. Now, remove the pan from the heat.

what to serve with reshteh polo

How to Serve Reshteh Polo?

Put the Reshteh Polo in a dish and decorate it with saffron and a mixture of raisins and dates.

A plate of fresh vegetables consisting of lettuce, wheat germ, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli with fresh lemon juice is the best option for serving with Reshteh polo.

Tip: Many people like to serve this dish with chicken or minced meat. So, if you like minced meat or chicken beside your dish, it will be a great combination.

reshteh polo recipe

Essential Points for Preparing Reshteh Polo

  • Be careful not to boil the noodles too much. 
  • Note that the noodles are usually a little salty. Therefore, you should be careful about the amount of salt you add to your food so that your food does not become salty. 
  • You can also use sliced ​​potatoes for cooking. 
  • The main spice for cooking noodles is “turmeric.” It is interesting to note that turmeric was the only spice added to rice and noodles in the past. To have a traditional Reshteh Polo, heat a little butter and add turmeric when serving. Then pour it on the noodles.

It might be interesting for you to know that Reshteh Polo, Morasa Polo, Adas Polo, and Lubia Polo are usually prepared and served in Iranian homes for Nowruz and Yalda night.

Do not forget to make this Reshteh polo recipe and share it with us. If you also have any related questions about Reshteh Polo Recipe, please do not hesitate to ask.

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