Estamboli Polow is a delicious combination of rice, beef, tomato paste and potatoes. Some say that its name is taken from the type of potatoes that were used in original recipe which were called Istanbuli. But you can use any other kind of potato and it will taste equally delicious.
The recipe for Estamboli Polow varies from one region to another or even from one family to another. Some families make it with only rice and tomato, some add potatoes to it and some families add meat and green beans. In our family the kind with green beans and meat is called Loobia Polow and the one with potato is Estamboli Polow.
The perfect side dishes to serve with Estamboli Polow are Mast Khiar (yogurt and cucumber dip) or pickles like Torshi Kalam (pickled red cabbage)
- Beef Recipes
- Rice recipes
- Main dishes
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- 2 Cups long grain rice (Basmati rice)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 Pound ground beef
- 3 medium potatoes
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste *or 6 tablespoon tomato sauce
- 1 Teaspoon turmeric
- ½ Teaspoons black pepper
- ½ Teaspoons salt (for the meat)
- 1 Teaspoon salt (for the rice)
- ¼ Teaspoons ground saffron dissolved into 4 tablespoons hot water
- ½ Teaspoons Persian advieh *optional
- vegetable oil
In a pot, bring 6 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Pour rice into boiling water and allow it to boil until the grains are soft on the outside and hard in the middle.
Once rice is ready drain it in a colander and rinse with cool water.