A good few people have emailed me asking about whether it is possible to make Polow, rice mixed with other ingredients, in a rice cooker and if yes, how would they go about it. This is a perfect time to do a post about how to do this post in light of my Persian Rice Cooker Giveaway.  I have previously posted how to make make Persian Rice in a Rice Cooker and Baghali Polow, Persian rice with fava beans the traditional way. Today I am going to make the same recipe in the rice cooker. It’s actually super easy and it cooks fast!

There are two different schools of thought when it comes to making polow in a rice cooker. Some people will throw all of the ingredients at once while others will add the condiments to the rice once the water in the rice cooker begins to absorb. The very first time I made polow in a rice cooker I naïvely took someone’s advice that follows the first mentioned approach.  Said person told me to throw everything in the rice cooker, give it a stir and that’s it. Let’s just say that I ended up with all of the ingredients that were supposed to be mixed with the rice sitting on TOP of it by the time my rice was ready. I have experimented quite a bit and have come up with the perfect method that works every time!


3 cups rice
14oz fava beans (frozen bag)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup dried dill
3 tbsp advieh
2 tbsp brewed saffron
3 tbsp oil

Wash rice as you would normally.

Place rice in Rice Cooker with 3 cups of water.  Add salt and 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Add 2 tablespoons of brewed saffron, mix well, and place lid on. Begin cooking process by pressing cook.

While the rice begins cooking saute fava beans in some oil along with minced garlic.  Season with salt.

Add dill and advieh to the fava beans. Turn off heat and mix well. By this time your rice should have absorbed most of its water.

Keep an eye on your rice. As soon as you notice that the water has mostly absorbed it is time to add the fava beans to the rice.

Gently mix the rice and fava beans mixture together so that it is all incorporated. Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil on top.

Place a towel over the lid and allow the rice to continue cooking until the light switches from cook to warm. This should take about 45 minutes or so.

Once the rice is ready flip it onto a serving dish. AAAAHhh look at that Tahdig!!! Yum!!  As you can see making polow in a rice cooker is super easy!!