Smothered Rice


Smothered Rice imported from Recipe Import

Preparation time: 

30 minutes

Cooking time: 

30 minutes


3 c Basmati rice (long grain)
2 t salt
5 1⁄2 c water
2 T olive oil


This is the simplest way of cooking Persian rice.

1. Pick over and wash 3 cups of rice 5 times in warm water.

2. Place rice, salt, and water in a deep non-stick pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes over medium heat (do not cover the rice). Gently stir the rice with a wooden spoon a few times while it boils.

3. When the rice has absorbed all the water, pour the oil over it and stir through gently with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat.

4. Place a clean dish towel or 2 layers of paper towel over the pot and cover firmly with the lid on to prevent steam from escaping. Cook 40 minutes over low bleat. Remove the pot from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes on a damp surface without uncovering.

5. Gently taking one skimmer or spatula full of rice at a time, without disturbing the bottom crust, place the rice on a serving platter. Mound rice in shape of a cone.

6. Detach the crust from the bottom of the pot using a wooden spatula. Place on a small platter and serve.

Copyright (c) 1994 by Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij. Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen. Washington, D.C: Mage (Pub 800 - 962-0922) [prepared for McRecipe by patH 09/22/1996 (Sun)]


NOTES : Kateh | Prep 5 mins | cook 1 hr "Kateh is the traditional dish of the Iranian province of Gilan, by the Caspian Sea. It is a simple Persian rice. Chelow has the same ingredients as kateh; more care it taken in the cooking, presoaking, parboiling, and steaming."


Total time
1 hour
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