Barberry Rice

Zereshk Polow-ye Khorasani

Preparation info

  • Serves:


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      2 hr

Appears in

Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets

Cooking in Iran

By Najmieh Batmanglij

Published 2020

  • About

This rice is made with fresh barberries during the harvest in late October. Just-picked barberries make this dish divine. I’ve used dried barberries here, though fresh barberries would be divine in this dish if you can get them.



  • 2 young chickens (3 to 4 lb/1.3 to 1.8 kg), cut into 8 pieces, or 3


  1. For the chicken: In a medium pot, place the chicken and the rest of the ingredients. Cover tightly and cook over low heat for about 1½ hours. Uncover and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes until most of the juices have been absorbed. Adjust the seasoning, cover, and keep warm over low heat.
  2. For the rice: In a large nonstick pot, bring