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Polow & Chelow

Polow and Chelow are two famous methods to cook Persian style rice. to cook them you need to soak the rice with salt for some hours. then you cook the rice in boiling water. finally, you cook it until it, brews well.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Polow & Chelow
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 173kcal
Cost: $10


  • 4 cups Persian rice or You can usebasmati rice, too.
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 50 gr butter Or 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon brewed saffron
  • Water


  • Clean the rice and wash it for 3 times.
    You have to wash it with water and rinse it 3 times.
  • Pout the washed rice in a bowl and add the salt.
  • Cover the combination with water and cover it with a lid.
  • Wait until your rice is sufficiently soaked.
    Depending on which kind of rice you are using and the amount of rice, the soaking time can vary between2-10 hours.
    Usually an average time of 5 hours in enough for soaking.
  • Fill half of a proper pot with water and put in on medium heat.
  • As the water is boiling, add the rinsed rice
  • After the rice is softer and taller, rinse it again.
  • Pout the rice into the dry pot

only if you are cooking Polo

  • Add the butter or oil
  • Add any polo ingredients you wanted to add.

For Polow and Chlow

  • Cook the rice for about 1 hour on low heat.
  • Mix 4 tablespoons of cooked rice with saffron and use it as a topping


Uniqop's advice:

  • Pour some oil and put a crust of Lavash bread in the pot before step 8.
  • Using clarified butter instead of vegetable oil results in a tastier Polo.
  • Taste your rice after rinsing and before cooking and rinse it again if it is salty.
  • Cover the lid of the pot with a cloth or tissue. Just avoid water vapor return into the rice.


Calories: 173kcal