Tha Dig (Persian Rice) Recipe

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 Entice your friends with a Persian feast featuring this layered saffron Tha dig (Persian rice) recipe

0:10 Prep | 1:20 Cook | 6 Servings | Capable cooks

Entice your friends with a Persian feast featuring this layered saffron-yoghurt rice dish topped with nuts.


400g (2 cups) Basmati rice
1 teaspoon salt
3L (12 cups) cold water
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons Greek-style yoghurt
40g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds
40g (1/4 cup) pistachio kernels, chopped
60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
2 tablespoons water, extra


Rinse rice under cold running water for 2 minutes or until the water runs clear. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in the salt. Cover with half the cold water. Set aside for 2 hours to soak. Drain.

Place the remaining cold water in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Add rice and cook for 10 minutes or until just soft. Drain.

Meanwhile, place the saffron in a mortar and pound with a pestle until crushed to a fine powder. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.

Place the yoghurt in a large bowl. Add half the saffron mixture. Stir to combine. Add almonds and pistachio to the remaining saffron mixture.

Stir 2 cups of rice into the yoghurt mixture. Heat oil and extra water in a non-stick saucepan over medium-low heat. Spread the yoghurt mixture over base of pan. Top with remaining rice. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes.

Wrap the lid of the pan with a clean tea towel. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan with wrapped lid and cook for 1 hour or until rice is tender. Turn rice onto a plate. Top with the nut mixture.

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