For March's BrightRx, we are manifesting spring by highlighting verdant fare that channels sunnier days ahead. Sophia Parsa, founder of Golden Rice Co. in Los Angeles, and her mother, Farah, have shared with us their family recipe for Tahdig using Brightland's ARISE basil olive oil.
"At Golden Rice Co., we serve traditional Persian foods with my mother Farah’s twist. Tahdig means 'bottom of the pot' in Farsi. Every Persian meal is served with a dome of golden rice. It is the delicious, golden layer of crispy rice formed at the bottom of a rice pot, infused with saffron. My childhood home smelled like Tahdig all year round and it was always a race with my siblings to get a piece of it. I’m excited to share my family recipe with you."
Farah and Sophia's Tahdig
By Farah and Sophia Parsa
- 2 cups of basmati rice
- 3 tablespoons of kosher salt
- Pinch of Persian saffron
- ⅓ cup of Brightland ARISE basil olive oil
Rinse basmati rice in a strainer at least 3 times until the water runs clear.
Add salt and 8 cups of water to your pot over medium heat. Add rice to the pot or pan. Boil while stirring occasionally, and skim foam off the top as it forms.
Once rice is al dente after 20 - 25 minutes, pour rice into your strainer and run rice under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Grind saffron until powdery. Mix in a small bowl with 3 tablespoons of hot water.
Add oil, saffron water, and 4 tablespoons of water to your empty pot or pan. Stir on medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.
Add 1½ cups of cooked rice to pot or pan and stir on medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
Add remaining cooked rice. Gently poke 4 holes in rice and cover for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid to release steam. Add lid again for 1 minute, then release. Repeat once more.
Shuffle rice inside the pan to cover poked holes.
Hold the top of your pot or pan and wrap it with a paper towel or a kitchen towel. Fasten to close. Cover paper towel on lid tightly.
Cook on low heat for 25 minutes. The longer you cook, the crispier the tahdig.
Drizzle butter or oil on rice to taste.
Using oven mitts, put your platter over the pot or pan and flip over. Enjoy!