Havij Polo (Carrot Rice)

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Total Time:
15-30 minutes
Serves: 4
Nutrition facts:

240 calories, 9 grams fat

Technique: Saute Recipe
Difficulty: Medium

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  • 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)

  • For best results, soak the rice for a few hours in hot water and add salt before cooking.
  • In a medium size pot, half-way filled with water, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the rice (and the water it was soaking in), and let it cook for a few minutes until it starts boiling.
  • Occasionally pick a few rice grains with a spoon and chew on them to see if they have softened.
  • When the rice is half-crunchy half-soft, take it out and drain it in a kitchen stringer.
  • Run the tab water on it to wash out some of the excess salt.
  • 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.
  • Add the meat, turmeric and pepper and continue to stir fry until the meat is brown.
  • Add the tomato sauce and salt and continue to stir fry for a few more minutes.
  • Add the grated carrots and stir fry for another 5-10 minutes.
  • The meat sauce is done when it starts to thicken (most of the water evaporates).
  • 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.
  • Continue in this fashion until all the rice and meat sauce have been exhausted.
  • 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.
  • Spread a little water on top and close the lid.
  • Let it cook for a couple of minutes on high heat.
  • When the rice starts to steam, change the setting to medium heat and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Then turn the heat to medium-low, sprinkle some cooking oil to stop it from drying.
  • Let it cook for about another 10 minutes.