Bhagali Polo

Preparation time 40 minutes
Serves 4 portions
Serving Size 1 portion
Calories Per Serving Approximately 241 per serving
Difficulty Intermediate

1 cup white basmati rice
4 oz frozen baby green lima beans
1/2-1 teaspoon salt as per taste
pinch saffron threads
1/2 cup onions cut lengthwise or diced(optional)
1 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh chopped dill

1.Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan and saute the onions until slightly brown.

2.Add the lima beans and saute for 2-3 minutes.
3.Add the chopped dill leaves and saute for 1 minute.
4.Transfer the contents to a rice cooker, add 2 cups of water, salt and rice and mix. Let cook until the rice is almost done(ie rice should not be completely cooked).The  below steps are for presentation and extra flavor but if you want to have the rice as is just cook the rice all the way through.
5.In a bowl mix 2 teaspoons of hot water,2 teaspoons of oil and pinch of saffron threads and keep aside.
6.In a deep pan take the cooked lima bean rice and layer upto 1 inch of rice in the bottom. Now add the saffron mixture and cover it with more rice and let roast on a low flame for about 30 minutes. Do not stir. This is to form a crispy layer of rice called Tahdig.

7.Turn off the stove. Take a plate and invert it on the pan and invert the pan so that the rice falls on the plate. Serve Hot.

This can be served with greek yogurt raitha
This can be served with a persian powder called sumac powder.

If you do not have lima beans you can also use green shelled edamame


2 thoughts on “Bhagali Polo

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    1. HI,
      Thank you for taking the time to respond.Frozen Lima Beans are partially blanched, so a little sautéing and cooking in the rice will do the trick for this dish.


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