This delightful herbed rice dish, robust with cilantro, parsley, mint and coriander, makes its appearance at Nowruz (the Persian New Year) and is most often accompanied by fried, light fleshed fish.Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi – – Basamati or other long grain rice (rinsed), chives (rinsed and chopped), dill (rinsed and chopped), parsley (rinsed and chopped), corriander (rinsed and chopped), butter, ground saffron (dissolved in 2 T. of water), leeks (cleaned, but left whole), cloves of garlic (unpeeled), water, Prep the rice: Thoroughly wash and drain rice–classic recipes say upto 5 times. In a large pot bring 8 cups of water and 2 T. butter to boil. Add in rice, fluff once to loosen grains and boil for 6 minutes. Pour rice into a colander and rinse once more with warm water. ; Layer rice and herbs: Return the pot to the stove heat 1/2 of remaining butter and 1/2 the dissolved saffron. Build a pyramid of rice, herbs, leeks and garlic. Add one spatula full of rice, followed by a scoop of herbs, followed by a leek and head of garlic. Repeat process until all rice and herbs are utilized. Pour the remaining butter and dissolved saffron over the pyramid. Cover with tight fitting lid, so that no steam escapes.
Cook 10 minutes over medium heat then reduce heat to low and cook 45-50 minutes more or until rice is al dente.
Remove from heat and allow to cool with lid on for 5 minutes.