How to cook Adas Polo – (Persian Rice and Lentils)

How to cook Adas Polo - (Persian Rice and Lentils)

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Adas Polo is the lifesaver of every Iranian who craves for rice but wants to eat healthy as well. On the off chance that you don’t have the foggiest idea what to make for lunch, go with Adas Polo and love it. Various flavors in this dish make it phenomenal for you. To begin with, the smell of Persian rice sparks your interest, and afterward one spoon of it presents to you the pleasantness of raisins just as the delicacy of lentils.

The history of lentils

A small plant similar to pea and the seed is considered as beans. It’s available in various kinds and colors; brown,green and orange lentils.
In Iran, lentils are used to make “Adas Polo”.The oldest signs of lentils discovered by human dates back to 11000 years B.C and it’s related to Fanchthi Cave in Western Greece.
So, it’s simply concluded that lentils were the first agricultural crops used by humanbeings.

Where does lentil cultivate?

Lentils are among the most important agricultural crops since the ancient period and the size of the seeds got bigger through the time. Also,different species appeared with different colors. The origin of lentils in various colors and tastes is not yet found out but the bigger lentils primarily existed in Iran and Turkey.

Various types of lentils


Lentils are found in black, green and orange color and it’s one of the tasty ingredients and it’s low-calorie.

Black Lentils

Tiny lentils which contain a high amount of anti-oxidant.

Green Lentils

Green lentils are rich in anti-oxidant and minerals especially iron and magnesium.

Orange Lentils

Rich in protein and contains amino acids, vitamin B1, minerals and dietary fiber.

The benefits of Lentils

Lentils contain 6 crucial minerals such as 2 types of Vitamin B and also non-fat protein.
It’s perfect to improve stomach and it’s a full-feed to provide the energy needed for everyone.

  • No Anemia with Lentils

Lentils are highly enriched with iron and it really helps to increase red blood cells to cure anemia.

  • Better Digestion

High in fiber that leads to improvement in food movement and eases the digestion of nutrients.

  • Weight Control

Many surveys have revealed that regular consumption of lentils leads to weight control.

  • Healthy Nervous System

Vitamins and minerals in lentils are very useful for better brain function.

  • Better Metabolism

Lentils are a fine source of vitamins like vitamin B3 that has a crucial role to improve digestion and nervous system.
The vitamin has many other benefits such as Cholesterol control, less danger of Alzheimer, Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Cataract.

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Now let’s go through the recipe of “Adas Polo”.

The ingredients of Adas Polo

  • Rice 3 scales
  • Lentils 1 scale
  • Mince meat or chicken 200 gr.
  • Raisin 1 scale
  • Mid-size onion 2
  • Saffron 1 tablespoon
  • Butter 1 tablespoon
  • Salt, pepper and turmeric as much as needed

By the way, it must be mentioned that here in Naaz, Adas Polo doesn’t contain any kind of meat and it’s considered as one of our vegan dishes.

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How to cook Adas Polo

Let the lentils bake. Better to add plenty of fried onion to have a more tasty Adas Polo. Mix lentils along with fried onion and then add rice. Now take another pan. Pour some oil. Add the rest of onions and roast them. Add mince meat or chicken along with turmeric and black pepper. You can add raisins as well. Mix a part of the rice with brewed saffron and butter. You can dress Adas Polo with saffron rice, mince meat and raisin.

What to pair with Adas Polo

Adas Polo deeply goes well with yoghurt. That’s because of the cold temperament of yoghurt in comparison with raisin with warm temperament. As the appetizer, Kale kabab and Pomegranate olives are other suggestions to eat with Adas Polo. The best dessert afterwards would be Saffron Dish. Pistachio ice-cream, saffron pear and saffron cotton candy. If you like to know more about another mixed rice, you can visit Baghali Polo.

Naaz is looking forward to meeting you by its side to make a vivid memory with family and friends.