Persian-Style Steamed Rice


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Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

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No Persian meal would be complete without rice. Here’s a simple steamed rice recipe that’s great with any of the Persian or Afghan kebabs in this book. Use this rice or the following one to prepare Iran’s most famous grilled meal: chelow kebab (see box).


  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons


  1. Place the rice in a large bowl and add cold water to cover by 3 inches. Swirl the rice around with your fingers until the water becomes cloudy, then put the rice in a strainer to drain. Repeat the process until the water remains clear. This will take 4 to 6 rinsings.