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Albaloo Polo

Albaloo Polo

Albaloo Polo is a Persian dish made with rice, sour cherries, and meat. You need to soak and cook the rice in the Polo style and then add the cooked cherries and meat to the rice.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Albaloo Polo
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 286kcal


  • 3 cup Persian or Basmati rice
  • lb sour cherries stoneless (you can use dried or froze cherries, too)
  • 1 lb ground beef (or chicken breast)
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 onions
  • cup liquid saffron
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sliced pistachio (optional)
  • 1 Lavash bread for the crust (optional)


  • Soak the rice and prepare it in Polo style cooking
  • Pour 4 cups of water into a pot and add cherries
  • Add sugar to the cherries
  • Cook them on low heat, until it starts to boil
  • Shred the onion into the ground meat and make small meatballs (if you are using chicken, you should cook it separately with onions and the spices)
  • Fry the meatballs with oil and add turmeric and salt and pepper
  • Rinse the rice after its boiled and softened
  • Rinse the cherries
  • Pour some oil into the pot and pout the bread at the bottom of the pot
  • Mix the rice and berries and saffron and pout it on the crust
  • Cover the pot’s lid with a cloth and let it cook for 1 hour
  • Saute pistachios with a little oil and add it to the rice while serving
  • Pout the rice into a dish and place the meatballs around it
  • Use the pistachios as a topping


Uniqop’s advice:

  • Do not pour out the cherries’ juice. You can use it as a drink by adding some water.
  • Taste the cherries before adding sugar and adjust the sweet taste up to your favor.
  • For a better taste, you can use melted butter in saute the pistachios.
  • If you want your dish to look pink, add some of the cherry juice (½ cup)to the rice.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.7g | Protein: 7.03g | Fat: 10.52g | Cholesterol: 13.73mg | Sodium: 304.4mg | Potassium: 91.9mg | Fiber: 0.33g | Sugar: 18.4g | Vitamin A: 18.96IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 8.1mg | Iron: 0.47mg