Persian Style Steamed Rice Recipe

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Persian Style Steamed Rice
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  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Place the rice in a large bowl and add cold water to cover by 3 inches. Swirl around with your fingers until the water becomes cloudy, then pour through a strainer to drain. Repeat this process until the water remains clear. This will take 4 to 6 rinsings.
  2. Place the rice, salt and the 6 cups water in a deep, nonstick saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the rice gently, uncovered, for about 18 minutes. When the rice has absorbed all the water, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and sprinkle the butter pieces over the top.
  3. Wrap a clean kitchen towel around the pot lid, piling any excess cloth on top of the lid. (You want to keep the cloth away from the heat) Place the cloth-covered lid over the rice and steam for 20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes.
  4. Gently fluff the rice with a fork and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 206.18 Kcal (863 kJ)
Calories from fat 59.74 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.64g 10%
Cholesterol 15.27mg 5%
Sodium 876.39mg 37%
Potassium 32.94mg 1%
Total Carbs 35.49g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.89g 4%
Protein 2.73g 5%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 35.5mg 197%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 74.75 Kcal (313 kJ)
Calories from fat 21.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.41g 10%
Cholesterol 5.53mg 5%
Sodium 317.73mg 37%
Potassium 11.94mg 1%
Total Carbs 12.87g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.32g 4%
Protein 0.99g 5%
Iron 12.9mg 197%
Calcium 7.3mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 4.5
  • 6

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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