Authentic Iranian Dish: Cinnamon-Scented Tomato Rice Pilaf

Authentic Iranian Dish: Cinnamon-Scented Tomato Rice Pilaf

My Iranian friend taught me this rice pilaf. It has a hint of cinnamon, and it tastes absolutely fabulous.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Basmati rice
250 ml
Minced beef
100 g
1 medium
Olive oil
1 teaspoon
A. Water
250 ml
Tomato paste
1 tablespoon
1/2 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon
Green beans
Olive oil
1 teaspoon
Cinnamon powder
1/2-3/4 teaspoon


1. Finely chop the onion. Parboil the green beans and cut into 1 cm-long pieces.
2. Heat some olive oil in a pot and sauté the onion. Once browned, add the minced beef.
3. When the beef is cooked, add the water. Simmer for 20 minutes over medium heat.
4. Cook the basmati rice until al dente. Slice the potatoes into 1 cm-wide pieces.
5. Pour some olive oil in a separate pot. Line the potatoes on the bottom. Place the rice, minced beef, and cinnamon on top. Repeat twice.
6. Turn the heat on. Once it comes to a simmer, cover the pot, and steam for 15 minutes. Mix the rice as you dish it up. Serve with some potatoes.
7. This salad is great as a side dish. It's just diced cucumber, onion, and tomato seasoned with lemon juice and salt.
8. Here, I switched the green beans to lots of cabbage, and sautéed it with onion.
11. I had this rice pilaf at my Iranian friend's place.
12. Here's an even simpler, easier version of this recipe (Recipe ID: 640352).

Story Behind this Recipe

My Iranian friend taught me this recipe. I was stunned when I tasted this for the first time! I tried making it after I was taught the recipe.