Bestaste - Barberry (zereshk) - 100 gm

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  • Barberry (zereshk)
  • Brand Name : Bestaste
  • Weight : 100 gm
  • Product of Iran

Cooking Recipes: (Persian Rice With Barberries (Zereshk Polow))

  • Total Time : 2 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep Time : 1 hr
  • Cook Time : 1 hr 10 mins

  • 1 cup rice
  • water
  • 1/2 cup dried barberries
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons saffron water
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon advieh persian mixed spice
  • sea salt, to taste

  1. Wash rice several times until water runs clear.
  2. Soak rice with salt to taste for at least an hour.
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil add salt to taste and add drained rice.
  4. Once boiling, cook 10 minutes.
  5. While the rice cooks, gently scoop the rice from the bottom of the pot and bring to the surface and release. Do this step several times. NOTE: Do not stir.
  6. Place a colander in the sink. You will want to choose a colander where the holes are small so that the rice won’t escape.
  7. Check the rice to make sure it is cooked. It should be soft and cooked but not mushy. Drain rice in colander.
  8. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
  9. Pick over the barberries and remove any stones you may find and then soak in water for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Rinse barberries after soaking.
  11. In a skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter then add the barberries. Add the sugar and give it a nice stir so that the barberries are coated with butter and sugar.
  12. You will see that they will start to plump up! Add 1 tablespoon saffron water and let the barberries absorb the liquid for about one minute. Remove from heat.
  13. Melt remaining butter in a heavy pot, stir in a 1/2 tbs saffron water and a couple large spoons of rice. Pat down somewhat. This will for the tahdig crust.
  14. Sprinkle advieh and top with some barberry mixture.
  15. Repeat layers until the last layer is rice, reserving about 1/4 of a cup of barberries for garnish.
  16. Create 3-4 holes in the rice with the bottom of your spoon.
  17. Cover and cook on medium-high 10 minutes or until crust would be formed but not burnt.
  18. Melt 1 tbs of butter and mix with 1/2 tablespoon of Saffron water and 1 tablespoon of water. Pour all over rice.
  19. Cover tightly and cook 1 hour on low.
  20. Serve rice in a platter and top with the reserved barberries serve with Iranian Chicken With Turmeric, Saffron, and Lemon Juice for a delicious combination.
  21. Enjoy!



Nutritional Facts for Persian Rice With Barberries (Zereshk Polow)
Serving Size: 1 (108 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Energy - Calories
Calories from Fat
Fat - Total 29.3 g 45%
Saturated Fat 18.3 g 91%
Cholesterol 76.3 mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 93.1 g 31%
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g 5%
Sugars 15.7 g 62%
Protein 6.7 g 13%
Sodium 255.0 mg 10%
Quantities Are Average Values
The following items or measurements are not included: dried barberries, mixed spice

Why Should I Buy This Product?

Barberries are an important ingredient in Iranian cookery, and you're most likely to see them in a Persian restaurant or a Middle Eastern grocer's, where they may be labelled under their Persian name, zereshk. This makes them seem exotic.

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