Meygoo Polo: Shrimp, Rice and Fantastic Herbs

  June 15, 2021   Read time 1 min
Meygoo Polo: Shrimp, Rice and Fantastic Herbs
Shrimp is one of the favorite sea food worldwide. It has its own fans in Persia. Of course, it is not that popular but in southern cities of Iran, people would regularly use shrimp. It is a little bit more expensive than other sea products and this causes it not to be included in nation's regular table list.

Persian shrimp and rice is so tasty, healthy and flavorful. With lots of herbs and spices, this is an easy recipe for a happy family dinner. Sneak in whole grains while keeping it tempting! Persian shrimp rice, also known as Meygoo polo is a perfectly flavored rice with plump shrimp, fluffy rice, herbs and spices. It is the combination of the herbs and spices that give this dish its distinct taste.


  • Rice (white basmati, brown basmati), Quinoa (can substitute with rice)
  • Shrimp (jumbo variety will work well)
  • Onions, Garlic, Red bell pepper
  • Spices - curry powder (mixed spices), red pepper flakes, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, saffron (suggested)
  • Herbs - cilantro, dill, green onions, fenugreek leaves
  • Lemon juice, Oil and salt

How to Make It?

  1. Cook the rice and quinoa together in lightly salted water with some oil.
  2. Sauté onions, garlic, sliced bell pepper. Add shrimp and sauté.
  3. Add all spices, herbs and some salt.
  4. Pick out the shrimp and set aside.
  5. Layer the rice-quinoa with sautéed vegetables. Sprinkle oil, saffron water, lemon juice and steam it all together.
  6. Serve the rice with shrimp arranged on the top.

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