Adas Polow, a delicious rice layered with lentils, is one of my favorite polow. It didn’t necessarily used to be when I was younger, however, since I was a pesco-vegetarian for a couple of years, it was one of the polow that I could make when I craved Persian food or order at the restaurant.  This is polow is definitely a winner when it comes to vegetarians and vegans! Not only is it delicious, but it is also very simple to make.

Some people like to place the dates within the layers of rice. However, I like my mom’s method much better where she places the dates on top of the rice as it steams. Once the rice is ready she then arranges the dates around rice.


3 cups rice
1 onion
1 1/2 cup lentils
1 cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 tbsp Advieh
4 tbsp brewed saffron
12 dates
salt & pepper

Cook lentils in salted water until just tender.

Small dice onion and saute in oil until just golden.  Add raisins and give it a stir.

Season lightly with salt and add cinnamon. Mix well.

Once the lentils are ready add them to the onion and raisins. Mix well together.

Par-boil rice according to Cooking Rice for Polow post.

To a non-stick pot add 2 tbsp of canola oil, 2 tbsp of brewed saffron and just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot. Give the ingredients a stir and add a few spatulas of rice.  Add 1/3 of lentil and raisins mixture and top with 1 to 2 teaspoons of advieh. Repeat layering rice and lentil/raisin mixture. Finish off with a layer of white rice. With the back of a spatula create a few holes in the rice.

Cover the pot and cook on high for 10 minutes.

Arrange the dates on top of the rice.  Mix together 2 tablespoons of canola oil, 2 tablespoons of brewed saffron and 1/4 cup of water.  Pour the mixture over rice.  Place the lid of the pot in a towel and place back on the pot and cook on low for 1 hour.

And in the end you will have a delicious rice!