Posted by Brette in Food

Tahdig5My daughter urged me to try out a recipe for tahdig, a Persian rice dish. This is so incredibly simple to make and you can customize it to suit your tastes. I am not wild about super spicy foods, so we went low key. Add more turmeric or other spices to yours if you like. This dish could also be made in other flavor profiles: add garlic and Italian herbs or go Mexican with cumin and chili powder. It’s wonderfully crunchy and a completely new way to experience rice. I really did not expect it to be so amazing when cooked like this, but it’s got a completely different texture. This is also so simple to make – nothing complicated to it.

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 saffron threads, crushed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 4 cups cooked rice (any kind - we used jasmine)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter with the saffron and let it steep for about 15 minutes. Stir in turmeric. Heat a large frying pan over high heat and add butter and oil. Add the rice and press it down until it fills the entire pan and is compressed. Cover. Allow it to cook for about 20-25 minutes, until you hear it making a cracking noise. Slide it out of the pan, flipping it over if possible and serve.


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