Zereshk Polow - Saffron Rice with Barberries

Zereshk Polow - Saffron Rice with Barberries
Ingredients: (Serves 2)
  • 1 cup Sadaf basmati rice (Item # 21-4128)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dried barberries (zereshk) (Item # 13-0112)
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tbsp Butter (divided)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (Item # 40-6020)
  • Pink Salt (Item # 17-1727)
  • Sadaf Saffron Spray (Item # 11-1395)
  • Clean and wash 2 cups of rice 5 times in warm water and drain.
  • Take 1/2 cup of Barberries and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes, drain in a sieve, rinse and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of Grapeseed oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the Barberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar and stir fry for 20 seconds (the Barberries can burn easily; be careful).
  • In a large non-stick pot that has a tight fitting lid or rice cooker*, add 3 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp Grapeseed oil and garlic over medium high heat. Saute the garlic for 1 minute then stir in the rice and about 1/2 tsp of Pink Salt. Add 3 cups of water and bring to a rapid boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, and put the lid on the pot to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once done, serve rice on a platter, and spray with Sadaf Saffron Spray. Layer the Barberries on top.