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Adas polo

Adas polo

Adas polo is a favourable Persian rice dish. It is made with rice, lentils and ground meat. Some people add raisins to the dish which makes a sweet taste. usually, a bread crust accompanies the Polo and adds to the delightfulness.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Adas polo
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 204kcal
Cost: $14


  • 250 gr ground meat (beef or lamb)
  • 2 cups  Persian rice or Basmati rice
  • 1 cup  lentils (soaked for a minimum of 2 hours)
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron or ½cup brewed saffron
  • ¼ tablespoon turmeric
  • Salt to your favor
  • ¼ teaspoon caraway or cumin seed
  • 25 gr butter or 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup raisin


  • Clean and wash and soak the rice.
  • Cook the rice in Polow style.
    There is a complete guide available in uniqop's polo recipe.
  • Rinse the lentils.
  • Fill half of a pot with water and pout lentils into it.
  • This helps to prevent lentils bloating effect
    Add the caraway seeds
  • Dice the onions
  • Pour half of the oil into a pan and start sauteing diced onions.
  • Add ground meat and saute it with onion and oil
  • Add turmeric and salt
  • Brew saffron and add half of it at this point
  • Add the cooked lentils to the composition
  • Strimm the raisins with butter
  • Add the raisins to the structure after the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Note: you may add tahdig before adding the rice and lentil sauce.
    After you rinse the boiled rice, pout a layer of the rice(¼ polo) into a dry pot, then a layer (¼ )of the lentils and ground meat mixture (lentil sauce). Continue this process until the rice and sauce are finished
  • Cook your Adas polo for about an hour.
  • You can use saffroned rice and fried sliced onion for topping.


Uniqop's advice:

  • Rinsing the lentils for 2 or 3 times during soaking helps to reduce their bloating.
  • Adding caraway seed is optional, but it is powerfully effective in bloat reduction
  • For tahdig, you would better use lavash bread
  • Cover your pot’s lid with a cloth in step 14


Calories: 204kcal