Persian herb rice with fish – sabzi polow mahi

408-Persian herb rice with fish - sabzi polow mahi2

Material: Meat Sea

Meal: Main

Cooking: 10 Minutes

Preparation: 50 Minutes

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Persian herb rice with fish – sabzi polow mahi


Ingredients :

  • For rice –

    • 1 cup long grain/basmati rice
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped dill
    • 2 tbsp finely chopped green onions/scallions or chives
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp butter cut into chunks
    • Mahram Garlic pickle

    For fish –

    • 1.25 – 1.5 lb firm fish fillets eg pollock haddock (salmon would also work – I used pollock)
    • 2 tbsp flour
    • 1/4 tsp salt or part/all garlic salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 tsp turmeric
    • 1 tsp finely chopped dill
    • 2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil

Recipes :

Wash the rice well in a number of changes of water until the water is almost clear when you rinse (around 4-5 changes of water). Finely chop the herbs and set aside.

Boil a pot of water, at least 3 cups, and add the salt and the rice. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat so that the pot doesn’t boil over and cook for around 5min.

Test the rice – it should be a little soft on the outside but still firm inside (‘al dente’). Drain in a colander and mix through the herbs.

Return the pot to the heat and warm the oil over a medium heat. Put the herbed rice into the pot and make three holes in the rice to allow steam to escape. Dot the butter on top, put a cloth over the pan to catch the steam then cover with a lid. Reduce the heat and cook on low for around 30-40mins.

Meanwhile, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, turmeric and dill on a plate. Dredge the fish fillets in the seasoned flour on both sides and shake off any excess.

Warm the oil in a large skillet and cook the fish for around 5min on each side, depending on thickness of fillets, until cooked through.

To serve the rice, try to cover the pan with a plate and invert it so you get the crust on top, or else make sure you get the crust from the pan to enjoy alongside everything else.

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