Reshteh Polow (Rice with Noodles)

Reshteh Polow is one of the two main dishes that are traditionally served in the evening of the Persian new year (Norooz). It is believed that by eating Reshte Polow on new year, you can grab hold of your destiny for the coming year. This dish is originally from Azerbaijan province of Iran and is quite easy to cook.

You can find reshteh noodles or toasted noodles at most Middle Eastern markets. It is a thin, flat pasta that kind of resembles cappellini or fettuccine.


Serves 4 People
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  • 2½ Cups
    basmati rice
  • 3 Ounces
    toasted noodle
  • ½ Teaspoons
    saffron dissolved in 3 tablespoon water
  • salt
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • ½ Cups
    barberries for topping, *optional
  • 1
    medium potato


  1. Wash the rice with water a few times. Soak in 4 cups of water, add 2 tablespoons of salt and set aside for a couple of hours.

  2. In a large non-stick pot bring 5 cups of water to a boil on high heat. Drain the soaked rice and gently pour into the pot. Bring the water back to a boil on high heat.

  3. Add the toasted noodles and boil them together for about 10 minutes.

  4. Test if the rice is ready. Rice should be firm inside and soft on the outside. The noodles should also be somehow soft yet a little firm. Then drain the rice and noodles in a colander and rinse with cool water.

  5. Put the pot back on the stove and add 2 tbsp of oil. Slice the potatoes and lay them in the base of the pot. Potatoes will protect the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot, but also create a delicious edible crust of rice and potato.

  6. Place the rice into the pot, building it into a pyramid shape. Add 2 tablespoon saffron and 2-3 tablespoon oil or butter on top of the rice. cover the lid and steam the rice on low heat for 40 minutes.

  7. If you want to add barberries, heat two tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Wash barberries and add them to the pan. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and one tablespoon saffron and give it a nice stir so that the barberries are coated with oil and sugar. This should not take more than one or two minute. Note: Keep the heat low because barberries burn easily.

  8. Serve on a platter and garnish with the saffron rice, barberries and potato crust on top.

5 reviews for Reshteh Polow (Rice with Noodles)

  1. honardoost


    يه غذاى سريع و آسون وهمچنين خوشمزه

  2. ﺯﻫﺮا


    ﺭﺷﺘﻪ ﭘﻠﻮ ﻏﺬاﻱ ﺳﺎﺩﻩ و ﺧﻮﺷﻤﺰﻩ اﻳﻪ
    ﻓﻜﺮ ﻣﻴﻜﻨﻢ ﻏﺬاﻱ اﺻﻴﻞ اﻳﺮاﻧﻲ ﺑﺎﺷﻪ

  3. Davood


    من عاشق رشته پلو هستم اگه كشمشم داشته باشه اخ جوووووون

  4. Berry Hatami


    yak ghazaya sadeh asan va khoshmazeh.

  5. Samira


    The Persian foods are like different Roses. Each food has its own beauty and taste. Reshte Polo is like a bouquet of flowers with beautiful shape, amazing taste and high quality of healthiness❣️

  6. isabelle


    Je sens que je vais me régaler comme autre fois … Il me manquera quand même

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