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Persian Rice with Crispy Tahdig served on a platter
4.16 from 13 votes

Persian Rice with Crispy Tahdig

Persian Rice with Crispy Tahdig is a popular staple in Persian cuisine using basmati rice and saffron to create a golden crispy rice bottom
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: persian, rice, tahdig
Servings: 8
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Ayeh
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  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 2 heaped tsp sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • **Optional Saffron water (see above saffron section to make this)


  • Place your basmati rice in a non-stick cooking pot and wash the rice several times under a running tap (approximately 4 - 5 times). You want the water to run clear and not misty anymore
  • Fill the pot with clean water (about 8-10 cups) and add the salt. Boil on a medium-high heat for 10–15 minutes to partially cook the rice
    If there is white foam on the top of the water, carefully spoon it out and disregard
  • When the grains of rice are aldente, drain the rice through a colander or fine mesh sieve.  Carefully rinse under cold water. Don't have the water pressure too high 
  • Add the olive oil to the bottom of the pot and add the cooked rice back to the pot using a spatula or your hands. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or tablespoon, make holes into the rice down to the bottom of the pot. These will act as air pockets
    ***Optional, If you’re adding saffron, add a few spoons of the saffron water at this time also
  • Wrap the lid with a clean kitchen towel, add a splash of water to the pot and place the lid on. Cook on the lowest heat for 45 minutes
    To serve, remove the lid and place a large dish or serving platter on the pot and flip the pot upside down. Carefully lift the pot and reveal your beautiful Persian Rice with Crispy Tahdig!



Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg