Did I mention how much I love it when people leave comments? I do, I really really do!

Todays’ post is yet another response to a comment. To be precises, a second question from Wendy. This is what she had to say:

Now I am going to move on to the rice cooker question…what model would you recommend? Najmieh Batmanglij uses a “National Deluxe” rice cooker but I can’t seem to find one, not even on line. And all the common models at Target, Walmart, etc. seem to be specifically designed to NOT burn your rice!

As I mentioned in the reply comment to her, Persian Rice Cookers are VERY different than regular rice cookers.  Now I am no engineer, nor do I aspire to be one.  To diviate for a moment, a few years back I had a roommate who is an electrical engineer.  I remember us talking about the difference between a Persian rice cooker, and say an Asian rice cooker. He gave me a little engineer spill and frankly I don’t remember a hoot from the conversation. OK let me be honest,  he was talking out of his bun because for the love of God he works in the aerospace industry AND he is not Persian. I have no doubts about him being very knowledgeable about the most minuscule chip that goes on a satellite, but when it comes to rice cookers I can say with certainty that he was just talkin’!

So anyway, now that I told you this story, it reinforces the fact that I know nothing about the engineering aspect of it. BUT I can tell you that there are three components to the Persian rice cookers that are different than regular ones:

1) The rice cooker is built in such way that a crust, affectionately and lovingly known as tahdig is created at the bottom.

2) The rice does not come out like sticky rice.

3) Persian Rice Cookers are more expensive than regular ones, BUT well worth the money.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love my rice cooker. It is a Royal Cook and it holds 10 cups. It was given to me by a friend when I moved into my very own apartment in Redondo Beach five or six years ago.  It has been a wonderful gift which has been used a lot. The Sous Chef is a pro at using it. Good thing he married me because I came with a Persian rice cooker!!

For the folks who live in cities with an abumdance of Persians stores, it is a very easy task to purchase a Persian Rice Cooker.  All you have to do is simply go a Persian store and buy one.  For Wendy this is a bit more of a challenge, she lives in Oklahoma. I guess not enough of my people live there to have many stores. I did an online search and I found the following info. The first two are from Mage’s website and the third I found in a Yahoo thread:

4621 N. May
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 947-7788

Travel by Taste Market & Restaurant
4818 N. McArthur
Warr Acres, OK 73122
(405) 787-2969

Abadan Gyros
7300 NW 10th

I don’t know in which city in OK you live Wendy, but here are some options. Generally, Persian stores all carry Persian Rice Cookers.

If the above stores are not close to you, then your next option is to order online. Here is what I found:

Click here for Google Shopping results

Click here for Sadaf’s website

I hope this helps. Let me know what you end up doing!


The Chef 🙂


I just realized that I forgot to address one of the things that Wendy brough up: brand of Rice Cookers. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to this one either! I am on a roll here. As I mentioned I have a Royal Cook and I am very happy with it.