Persian Style Rice

Persian Style Rice

If you are looking for something extra special that makes a change from your standard plain rice, this is delicious. The addition of the beans gives this a wonderful texture and the taste is incredible. Don’t save this just to serve with my Persian Green Bean Stew. This makes a wonderful alternative to plain basmati when served with any other dishes.

save_time50 Minutes servesServes 2
nut? kcal per serving


200 g ( 7 oz ) basmati rice

200 g ( 7 oz ) baby broad beans

1.5 teaspoons salt

350 ml ( 12 fl oz ) boiling water

1/4 teaspoon turmeric, mixed with a tablespoon water in a cup

1 large handful fresh chopped dill


Begin by soaking the rice in cold water, with a teaspoon of salt (note this salt is not in the recipe, this is washed off) for 30 minutes until the grains become opaque. Rinse well under the tap in a sieve.

Heat the oil in a pan, that has a lid, and fry the rice and beans on a medium heat for 2-3 minutes to coat with oil.

Put in the hot water, bring to the boil and turn down to the lowest heat you have. Cover with a sheet of tin foil and then place on the lid to create a good seal.

After 10 minutes of cooking on a very low heat, pour over the turmeric water but do not stir, and recover and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Remove lid and foil, fluff up the rice and add the chopped fresh dill. Serve.


Serve with my Persian Green Bean Stew for a totally delicious meal.


Can be prepared in advance and reheated in the microwave or on the hob.


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