How To Cook Tah Chin (Crispy Saffron Rice Casserole Stuffed With Chicken)

How To Cook Tah Chin

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Tah Chin is delicate enough for Iranians, even if you don’t have teeth!!! Unmatched blending of saffron, crunchy rice, yoghurt, eggs and chicken that is thoroughly irresistible! Tah Chin has various types. Chicken, meat, eggplant and spinach can be found in it but the most common and popular one is Chicken Tah Chin or better to say “Simple Tah Chin”.

Not that far past, in Kings’ kitchen, after serving food by the King, servants ate leftovers. Once there was a quarrel among them on crunchy rice. The King heard the voice and asked for the reason.
When he understood the story, he started to give it a try. He newly found out how deeply he was deprived of such a delicate taste. He ordered to punish the servants and also ordered to bring him the crunchy rice before the main course from now on.

Another story narrates that one of the chefs leaves the rice unattended while cooking Chelo Morgh ( Chicken with rice) and it became too smooth.
The chef was afraid of what was happened and got help from saffron, yoghurt and eggs, so that the King forgive him. The first Tah Chin was born in this way!

Introduction of Tah Chin

Tah Chin is a Persian dish that is made by the mixture of rice, different meat (chicken is more common), yoghurt, eggs and saffron. Tah Chin is considered as one of the formal dishes suitable for parties and gatherings because of its beautiful appearance. The first part is the thick saffron crunchy rice that is completely formed. The second part is white rice that is poured on the crunchy rice. The white part can be omitted. In dining salons, it is often made by the crunchy rice but this style is less common at homes.

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Various types of Tah Chin

Despite the common belief, the only kind of Tah Chin is not Chicken Tah Chin and it can be cooked in different ways.

  1. Chicken Tah Chin
  2. Meat Tah Chin
  3. Meat and eggplant Tah Chin
  4. Spinach Tah Chin
  5. Fish Tah Chin

Tah Chin is baked both in the oven or on the stove. For the thick crunchy rice, Tah Chin must be cooked on a mild heat with much more time. While serving Tah Chin, it’s better to pour watered butter on it.

The ingredients of Tah Chin

  • Chicken 1.5 k
  • Medium size onion 1
  • Rice 1 k
  • Sour yoghurt 850 gr.
  • Yolk 6-7
  • Saffron 1 teaspoon
  • Butter 100 gr.
  • Oil 1/2 scale
  • Barberries 100 gr.
  • Sugar 2 tablespoon
  • Salt and slivered pistachio as much as needed

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How to cook Chicken Tah Chin

To start, first bake the chicken with a little water, onion, salt and 1/4 scale of water remains.
Filter the water and chop the cold chicken pieces. You surely know how to make the rice.
Mix the yoghurt, yolk, oil, saffron, chicken syrup and a half of butter with salt, then add the rice to the mixture.
Add rice little by little in order not to be tough.

Appetizer and dessert with Chicken Tah Chin

The perfect appetizer before having Tah Chin in Kashke Bademjan that is golden fried eggplants with touch of garlic, whey and mint served with crispy onion, pickled vegetables and bread. The top dessert afterwards would be Persian fragrant tea along with today’s cake. If you’re looking for more chicken-based recipe, you can go through Zereshk Polo.

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