Ramadan Recipe: Steamed Persian Rice

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 29 November 2023
Ramadan Recipe: Steamed Persian Rice

This steamed white rice with saffron, also known as Chelo, is a popular dish in Iran. Chelo is usually paired with the classic meat kebab, and they make up the perfect iftar during Ramadan. 

  • Ingredients

    • 5 Minutes
    • 6 Serving
    • 70 Calories

Steamed Persian Rice

1 cup Basmati rice
2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Saffron threads (optional)
  • Method & Directions

    • 35 Minutes
  1. Rinse the rice
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Carefully drain the water.
  2. Boil the rice
    تم نسخ الرابط
    In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the soaked and drained rice to the boiling water and let it simmer on medium-low for 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  3. Create a saffron mixture (optional)
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Soak a pinch of saffron threads in 2 tablespoons of warm water.
  4. Layer the rice in the pot
    تم نسخ الرابط
    In the same pot, heat the oil. Add the saffron mixture to the oil for a golden color (optional), then layer the partially cooked rice gradually and evenly in the pot.
  5. Steam the rice
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Wrap the pot lid with a clean kitchen towel, and place the lid on the pot, reducing the heat to the lowest setting. Let it steam for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Serve
    تم نسخ الرابط
    Once done, use a fork to fluff the rice gently, and serve it on a platter.
  • Nutrition Facts

Calories 70
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