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Sabzi Polo Recipe (Persian Herb Rice)

Sabzi polo is a tender, buttery, and fluffy Persian herb rice dish steamed with herbs and topped with a crispy flatbread tahdig crust!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time32 minutes
Total Time47 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Persian
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin



  • Chop fine equal parts flat leaf parsley, cilantro, dill and chives. Set aside.
  • Rinse the rice with cold water until it runs clear using a sieve. Drain and set aside.
  • Bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil and add the rice. Cook for 12 minutes and then drain again using a sieve. Mix the rice and herbs together in a bowl.
  • Mix the melted butter and advieh spice blend together. To the same pot add 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Place a large piece of lavash bread or burrito size flour tortilla (See Note 2) in the bottom of the pot.
  • Top the bread with the herb rice and then drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
    Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke a few holes in the rice, without hitting the tahdig layer (bread). This allows the steam to escape.
    Cover and over low heat steam for 20 minutes.
  • Run a rubber spatula around the inside of the pot to release any food that's sticking to the sides.
    Place an appropriate-sized serving platter over the top of the pot. Quickly and confidently, flip the pot and platter over. There will be a swishing sound as the tahdig releases. You can watch the process in my other Persian Tahdig recipe video.
    Alternatively, use a large spoon and scoop the rice onto a platter. Gently remove the tahdig whole or in pieces, and serve it on the side or over the top of the rice.


  1. I prefer to use flat leaf parsley and cilantro leaves, dill with stems removed and chives chopped fine.
  2. I have found it easier to display after turning the rice over with the bread already cut (See pictures). Cut the lavash or tortilla into 6 triangles and place on the bottom of the pot.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1701IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg