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In this article, we are going to discuss the tastiest recipe for Zeresh Polo Adelaide has seen with its own eyes. Polo Zereshk ingredients, history, and pairing of appetizers and desserts. So, don’t worry about tonight’s dinner while we teach you all the tricks for a ripper Zereshk Polo.
Polo Zereshk with grilled or well-cooked tomato sauce chicken, especially chicken breast, is an excellent pair to dig in at lunch or dinner for an authentic Aussie mate. Isn’t it just lovely? These days, I come across some friends who enjoy having chicken for lunch or supper. With this magical taste of Zereshk Polo, Polo Zereshk, rice chicken, chicken polo, or any other name we know, Naaz Cuisine is among the very few fine dining establishments that cook Zereshk Polo with care in Adelaide Cbd.
Chicken Zereshk Polo, which can be served vegan, is a traditionally popular dish among Persians. Rice with wild barberry flavor mixed with the aroma of plumtomato-dipped chicken breasts. It is a delicious and flavorful dish that is enjoyed by many. Combining the tangy barberries and the tender chicken creates a unique and satisfying taste. The dish is often garnished with saffroninfused rice and served with a side of yogurt to balance the flavors.
In Iran’s cooking culture, cooking various types of rice has been expected. Therefore, different kinds of colorful rice have a special status, such as Zereshk Polo, which has a delicate taste and is often cooked for celebrations, wedding ceremonies, and parties. Due to the harmony between Zereshk Polo ingredients (color and taste aspect), this food has a special status in everyone’s happiness.

History of Zereshk Polo

Zereshk Polo is a traditional Persian dish that dates back many centuries. Zereshk Polo has no ancient history, in fact. In one of the old monuments dated back to the Safavid dynasty, rice was divided into sweet and sour, and Zereshk Polo was considered to be in the sour rice group due to the sour taste of wild barberries. Zereshk Polo with Chicken had some other titles as well, such as Maakian Polo (poultry with rice), Morgh Polo (chicken with rice), and Qajari Polo, because they were cooked almost the same.

The main ingredient in Zereshk Polo was meat. Nowadays, Zereshk Polo is engaged with chicken, and it is less common to see lamb meat or any part of the sheep. In the past, meat was more diverse, and people used to eat Zereshk Polo with lamb meat; moreover, they ate it without meat. Therefore, in addition to barberries, green raisin, almond, and pistachio nuts, along with slivered orange peel, were added to each layer of the rice, but today, there is less meat in Zereshk Polo. However, the dish remains just as flavorful and delicious.

Elderly people believe that Zereshk Polo is a luxurious food due to having meat in it, and if ordinary people intended to make it, they would prefer to add vegetables and other flavors to give it a special taste. In the past, the use of ingredients, along with barberries, was so diverse. Peas, garlic, green raisin, almond nut, pistachio, and slivered orange peel were the so-called ingredients to add.
Cumin, saffron, and sugar cubes were roasted in order to remove the sour taste of barberries.

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How To Cook Zereshk Polo

To cook Zereshk Polo, start by sautéing finely chopped onions in a pan until they become translucent. Then, add the barberries and cook them for a few minutes until they become slightly tender. Next, add a pinch of cinnamon and turmeric for added flavor. Finally, mix the cooked barberries with the rice and saffron mixture and let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together. Serve hot and enjoy! 

The Ingredients  of Zereshk Polo


  • Rice, 4 scales
  • Onion 1
  • Garlic, 2 pieces
  • Barberries, 1 scale
  • Butter, 25 gr.
  • Chicken thigh or breast, 4 pieces
  • Lime juice, 1 spoon
  • Salt and pepper as needed.
  • Brewed saffron, 2 teaspoons
  • Tomato paste, 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar, 1 spoon

Recipe For Zereshk Polo

First of all, Fry the chicken over high heat in a pan. Roast the garlic and onion in another pan until their color changes. Then, add tomato paste, salt, pepper, and lime juice. At last, add the fried chicken to the pan and pour 2/3 glasses of water over the chicken. Two hours are needed to make the dish ready. Pour saffron for 10 minutes before turning off the heat. This is all about the preparation of this unique rice and chicken.
Let’s cook the rice then. First, soak the barberries for 30 minutes in lukewarm water, then roast them on mild heat and add sugar to remove the sour taste of them a bit. After preparing the barberries, start cooking the rice by rinsing it thoroughly and soaking it in water for 30 minutes. Next, bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt before adding the soaked rice. Cook the rice until it is almost done, then drain and set aside. Mix the barberries with rice and pour the brewed saffron on it.

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How To Serve Zereshk Polo

To serve Zereshk Polo, you can garnish it with some toasted slivered almonds or pistachios for added crunch and visual appeal. Saffaroninfused rice should be served on one plate with a garnish; chicken or vegan meat must be dipped in sauce and garnished on another plate. To complete the serving process, you can also serve Zereshk Polo with a side of yogurt or a fresh salad to balance out the flavors and add some freshness to the meal. Additionally, you can drizzle some melted butter or olive oil over the rice for extra richness and flavor. 

Lastly, a sprinkle of saffron threads on top will enhance the dish’s aroma and presentation. To further elevate the meal, consider serving a side of grilled vegetables, such as roasted bell peppers or zucchini. This will add a delightful charred flavor and provide a healthy element to the dish. Finally, don’t forget to offer a selection of condiments. They will appreciate the options and be able to customize their dish to their liking. like pickles or chutneys, to complement the flavors and offer variety to your guests.

Appetizers And Desserts To Pair With Zereshk Polo

blankAs both of these items are totally based on your own taste, here we just recommend our own choice, so feel free to choose whatever you like. For an appetizer, a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad or Shirazi Salad (like what Naaz cuisine offers) with a tangy lemon dressing would complement the flavors of the Zereshk Polo. As for dessert, a traditional Persian saffron ice cream known as Bastani Sonnati would provide a cool and creamy finish to the meal. 

The recommended appetizer would be Kashke Bademjan, and the perfect dessert afterwards would be fresh baked cake in Turkish style as the pear dessert or traditional cotton candy.

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Tiny dried barberries provide tart flashes of brightness. Use them sparingly in Persian rice recipes, with lamb, and in salads. They go great with saffron chicken and rice. Soak or boil them briefly before bringing out their spicy flavor.

Zereshk Polo has a long history dating back to the Persian Empire, and its popularity has risen with time, moving beyond Iran’s borders to become a cherished dish worldwide. The dish is now internationally regarded as a Persian hospitality and culture hallmark.

Studies have shown Barberry offers several health advantages, including anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, it may be used as a medicinal herb to treat various conditions, including diabetes, liver illness, gallbladder discomfort, digestive, urinary tract, and gallstones.

One of the trademark dishes in Persian cuisine is Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh. Rice, barberry, saffron, and chicken make Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh. All Iranians like this simple yet excellent dish.

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