Persian Rice with a Golden Crust Chelow


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Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

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One of the glories of Persian (Iranian) gastronomy, chelow is tender, sweet, saffroned rice served with an audibly crisp, yogurt-flavored crust. The theory is simple enough (you brown the rice in a single layer on the bottom), but it takes years of practice to achieve a perfect dark-golden crust that comes away from the bottom of the pan in one piece. Here’s how my Persian cooking guru, Najmieh Batmanglij