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Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)

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This is one of the most amazing dishes I've ever eaten. Rich and savory! Category:Persian Recipes

Ingredients Needed For Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)
* 3 cups long-grain rice, well-rinsed

* 8 cups water

* salt

* 1/4 cup melted margarine

* 1/8 teaspoon saffron, dissolved in 2 tbs warm water (optional)

* 1 lb frozen lima Beans

* 1/4 cup dried dill weed, or 3/4 cup fresh

* Iranian yogurt and spinach (Borani-Ye Esfenaj)

* 1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen

* 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced

* 2 tablespoons margarine or oil

* salt and pepper

* 1 cup soy yogurt

Directions To Prepare Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)
* Cook lima Beans until done.

* Drain.

* Set aside.

* Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.

* Add rice to water.

* Boil 5-10 minutes , until rice is no longer crunchy, but still firm.

* Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

* Drain rice in colander.

* Mix Beans and dill weed with the rice.

* Put half of the melted margarine in the bottom of the rice pot.

* Put the rice back into the pot, a spoonful at a time, heaping it into a mound, not touching sides of pot.

* With a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes in the rice in several places.

* Pour the remaining melted margarine over the rice.

* Cover the underside of the pot lid with a dish towel, and put lid tightly on pot.

* Cook rice about 20 minutes over medium heat, then turn heat to low, and cook for another 30 minutes.

* The rice on the bottom of the pot should become golden and crispy.

* Soak bottom of pot in cold water for a few minutes, to loosen this.

* Put rice onto a serving platter, surrounded by chunks of crispy rice.

* Take 2/3 cup of the rice, mix it with the dissolved saffron, and sprinkle over the rest of the rice as a garnish.

* Cook spinach in lightly salted water until tender

* Drain well.

* Chop.

* Set aside.

* Heat margarine or oil in a pan.

* Add onions, and fry until golden.

* Add spinach and fry together briefly.

* Turn off heat.

* Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

* Transfer to serving bowl or dish.

* Mix in yogurt.

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