2 Cups Rice 1 Cup Lentils 1/2 lb (226g) Ground Beef 1/2 Cup Raisins 1 Tsp Zafran (Saffron) Salt, Black Pepper Powder, Ground Cinnamon 1 Small Onion 7 tbsp Vegetable Oil 1 Medium Potato 3 oz (85g) Dried Barberries (Zereshk) PREPARATIONS: 1- Soak the rice with 1 Tsp salt for 1 hour in a pot. 2- Add 1 Tsp Zafran (saffron) to 1/4 cup boiling water. 3- Dice the onion 4- Slice the potato 5- 6 cups boiling water DIRECTIONS: 1- Put the Lentils in a small pot, add salt and pour in boiling water until it covers the lentils (Approx. 2 cups of boiling water). 2- Cover the pot with the lid (leave the lid cracked open so the steam can scape) and simmer for 30 minutes at low heat. 3- Pour the soaked rice (including the water) into a pot and simmer the rice until it becomes tender. 4- Drain the rice in a colander. 5- In a small pot, dip fry the diced onions in vegetable oil until translucent. 6- Add the ground beef to the pot. 7- Add salt, black pepper powder and ground cinnamon, stir well and fry along until the beef is evenly brown. 8- Add the raisins to the pot and continue frying for 5 minutes. 9- Pour in the lentils in the rice pot and mix well so the lentils and rice are well blended. (Optional: you can keep 1/3 of the lentils back to mix with the beef mixture). 10- In a large pot, pour 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, lay the sliced potatoes across the pot and add the lentils and rice mixture to the pot. Add 2 tbsp oil (Mix 2 Tbsp Oil with 4 Tbsp boiling water) to the pot. 11- Cover the pot with a large napkin and put the lid on top. 12- Cook for 20 to 25 minutes. 13- Add 5 to 6 tbsp of the lentils rice to the beef/raisins mixture, then pour in the soaked saffron (Optional: Add the 1/3 of the lentils to the pot, if kept from the prior step (step 9). 14- Mix thoroughly, cover the pot with the lid and cook for 15 minutes. 15- Fry the dried barberries in 1 tbsp vegetable oil. 16- Add the beef/raisins mixture to the lentil rice pot, stir thoroughly until well mixed. 17- Add the fried barberries right before serving.


Adas polow (Adas: Lentils and polo or polow: Rice) is a Mediterranean traditional dish and is believed to be originated in ancient Persia. As the name suggests, main ingredients of Adas Polow are lentils and rice. Due to the lentils you get the cholesterol lowering fiber benefit of this food. Lentils can help lower cholesterol and the fiber can watch your blood sugar from rising. Rice as we know contains all the amino acids needed for building and maintaining muscle tissue. Rice is one of the easiest food to digest yet its carbohydrates value can