Adas Polo the Ready to Eat Dish

  February 17, 2024   Read time 1 min
Adas Polo the Ready to Eat Dish
Adas Polo is a dish that holds a special place in my heart. It evokes fond memories of family gatherings, particularly during Ramadan or when the chilly weather calls for a warm, hearty meal. This Persian-style lentil and rice dish, laden with minced meat, Bam dates, raisins, and crispy onions, create a symphony of flavours.

Adas Polo (Persian Lentil Rice) is one of the traditional and popular Iranian dishes which, in addition to having a good taste, has a high nutritional value due to having lentils. Packed with plant-based protein, and topped with sauteed barberries, raisins, and dates this dish is hearty and comforting!

Adas polo is a mixed rice dish. A dish consisting of rice, beef, or chicken, barberries, raisins, and dates. Persian lentil rice has a special place in traditional Persian cuisine. It is rich in protein and is served with various delicious side dishes.

Ingredients | 3-4 servings

  • 150g/5.2oz Lentils
  • 1 Onion
  • 350g/12.3oz Basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 knobs of Butter
  • Clarified Butter
  • Pinch of Saffron


Cook the lentils in a pot with water and salt for ⏳ 30 minutes.

➡️ The lentils should maintain their shape (be careful to not overcook)

– Make saffron water: In 1/3 cup, add a pinch of ground saffron, pour hot boiling water, wait for 5 mins, when saffron gives its full color to water and becomes red it’s ready.

– dice an onion.

– In a pan, add clarified butter and fry them.

– Add turmeric and salt and the cooked lentils followed by cinnamon.

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