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Havij Polo (Carrot Rice) Recipe

Havij Polo (Carrot Rice) is a popular Persian Starter
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On :
Tuesday, 22 August, 2017
Category :
Non-Vegetarian Recipe
Course :
Starter Recipe
Cuisine :
Persian Recipe
Technique :
Saute Recipe
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Servings :
Serves 4
Rated 2 based on 100 votes


  • 4 to 6 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 lb ground Beef
  • 4 cups - white long grain Rice
  • 8 tbsp - cooking oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp - Turmeric
  • 2 cups (16 oz) Tomato sauce
  • 4 oz water
  • pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • How to Make Havij Polo (Carrot Rice):

    1. For best results, soak the rice for a few hours in hot water and add salt before cooking.
    2. In a medium size pot, half-way filled with water, bring the water to a boil.
    3. Add the rice (and the water it was soaking in), and let it cook for a few minutes until it starts boiling.
    4. Occasionally pick a few rice grains with a spoon and chew on them to see if they have softened.
    5. When the rice is half-crunchy half-soft, take it out and drain it in a kitchen stringer.
    6. Run the tab water on it to wash out some of the excess salt.
    7. In a medium size pot, over medium heat, pour 4 tbsp of oil, add the chopped onions and stir fry until they turn a golden brown color.
    8. Add the meat, turmeric and pepper and continue to stir fry until the meat is brown.
    9. Add the tomato sauce and salt and continue to stir fry for a few more minutes.
    10. Add the grated carrots and stir fry for another 5-10 minutes.
    11. The meat sauce is done when it starts to thicken (most of the water evaporates).
    12. Pour the remaining cooking oil in a medium size pot, add 4 Oz of water, then loosely spread a thin layer of rice and a thin layer of meat sauce.
    13. Continue in this fashion until all the rice and meat sauce have been exhausted.
    14. With the back of a spoon, make five holes one in the center and four around it, so that the rice can breathe in the cooking process.
    15. Spread a little water on top and close the lid.
    16. Let it cook for a couple of minutes on high heat.
    17. When the rice starts to steam, change the setting to medium heat and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
    18. Then turn the heat to medium-low, sprinkle some cooking oil to stop it from drying.
    19. Let it cook for about another 10 minutes.


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