Adas Polow (Lentil Rice)
I love raisins, and if it was up to me, I’d include it in every recipe. I even experimented with adding pureed raisins to my whey shake, which turned out to be a bad idea. But, it pretty much works in everything else.
As you’d guess, Adas polow (lentil rice) is easily one of my favorites, and my mom was an expert in making it. I am always harping about individuality and uniqueness, but find myself trying hard to duplicate my mom’s cooking. I’ll leave the analysis to you.
Ingredients (serves 3-4):
- 1 cup long grain white Basmati rice, washed & soaked (in cold water+ some salt over night OR for at least 1-2 hrs) & drained
- 3/4 cups dried lentils, washed & soaked (in water for at least 1/2 hr) & drained
- 1 med. onion, small chopped
- 1/2 -3/4 cup raisins
- 5 or more dates , cut in half lengthwise
- 1 tsp advieh OR (1/4 tsp turmeric + 1/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp cumin+ 1/4 nutmeg or cardamom)
Time~ 1.5 hr
- In a pot, cook lentils in salted water ’til just tender, but not cooked. (~5 min for soaked, 10-15 min unsoaked). Drain in a colander. Run cold water over it to stop cooking. Set aside.
- In a me. size pan over med.-high heat, saute onion in enough oil/butter ’till translucent (~5-8 min). Stir in 1/2 the spices ’till fragrant (~ 1 min). Use more oil or sprinkle some water to keep the spices from burning.
- Toss in the raisins and dates. Give it a stir.
- Parboil rice according to directions mentioned here.
- Continue through steaming directions, while layering the rice with cooked lentils and the remaining the spices, starting and finishing with rice. Make a dome. Poke holes with your spatula and allow to cook 45-60 min.
- Transfer to a serving platter and mix. If you prefer more advieh, sprinkle over the rice and mix again.
- Top with the the raisin/date mixture.