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Barberries & Rice (Zereshk Polo)

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Barberries are rare, tasteful, and healthy. They're very tiny red berries that are sold in dried form. Because these berries are tart, they need a little sugar to balance the taste.


Serves: 4-6 people

  • 1½ cups dried barberries (rinsed)
  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 1 pinch of saffron
  • 4 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1 salt
  • 1 pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


Barberries & Rice (Zereshk Polo) is a community recipe submitted by Raha Lane and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Cook rice in a rice steamer and set aside.
  • Add vegetable oil to a non stick saute pan on medium heat, saute barberries for 5 minutes.
  • Add salt, pepper, sugar, and saffron.
  • Before serving, fork through the rice and add the barberries over the rice.
  • Serve with roasted chicken and a tossed salad.
  • Additional Information

    This dish is called Zereshk Polo. You can purchase barberries or Zereshk in any International food store.

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