Iranian jewel-encrusted rice

Djavar Polo

Preparation info

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Appears in

The Cooking of the Middle East

The Cooking of the Middle East

By Claudia Roden

Published 1991

  • About

The ‘jewels’ in this beautiful chicken and rice dish are a multi-coloured assortment of nuts and bits of carrot. When candied orange peel is added the dish is called shirin (sweet) polo. Make it for special occasions as it takes some time to prepare.


  • 1 chicken, weighing about 1.5 kg ( lb)
  • 3 tablespoons


Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F.

Lay the chicken on a large sheet of foil, season with salt and pepper and rub in 2 tablespoons of the oil with your hands. Wrap the chick