CHELO (IRANIAN PLAIN RICE WITH BUTTER)


Chelo (Iranian plain rice with butter)

On my journey to become a vegetarian, I found this book by Arto Der Haroutunian, "Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East" filled with lots of great and yummy recipes. I tried this one today and, although my rice got a little pasty from using the wrong pan, it was pretty good. Here's Arto Der Haroutunian's comment on the recipe: "Iranians are the past masters of preparing rice. No other cuisine, including the Indian and Chinese, can match its wealth in colour, content and taste. Chelo is a great rice pilav of Iran. As well as being the most popular, chelo is also one of the simplest to make. It's often eaten 'as it comes' with a little yoghurt spooned over the top."

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