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Authentic Recipe of Tahchin. Mouthwatering Iranian-Persian Traditional Rice Cake.

It is an authentic Iranian rice cake made with rice, yogurt, egg, saffron, and nuts. Tahchin gives a different vibe to traditional pilaf dishes.

Things to know about Tahchin Recipe

Tahchin means ‘to make layers.’ This is a whole different type of traditional Iranian polo. A thick mixture of rice is set into a deep pot, and once it is cooked, the pot is inverted into a serving platter to obtain rice in the form of a cake.

It can be made with layers of chicken, lamb, or vegetables, or a simple Tahchin can be served as a side dish with stews or kebabs. When it is cut through, nuts ooze out of the steaming rice. It is a beautiful display of local cuisine.

It may look like a complex recipe, but actually, it’s pretty easy to cook. Many Iranians prepare this dish at family gatherings and on the Persian new year, a nine-day long festival called ‘Nowroz.’

Mouthwatering Iranian Traditional Rice Cake. Authentic Recipe of Tahchin.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: ته چین
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Dish Type Pilaf Recipes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering), Steaming


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 437 kcal


  • 300 grams (10.58 oz) Chicken Legs
  • 250 ml (8.45 floz) Water For the chicken
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 150 grams (5.29 oz) Strained Yogurt
  • 1 pc Egg
  • 1 pc Onion Large, peeled, cut into half
  • 2 tbsp Barberry
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 1 pinch Saffron Powder
  • 4 tbsp Water Warm, for the saffron
  • ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pistachio Chopped
  • 1 tsp Almond Slivered, chopped
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  • Mix the saffron powder with warm water and set aside.


  • Soak rice in cool water with salt after washing for 30 minutes. Drain.
  • Fill half of the pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Add rice and cook for 7-10 minutes or until rice grain is soft at the ends but still hard in the center.
  • Drain with a colander and run cool water over it.


  • Add oil to a pan to fry chicken legs.
  • Fry both sides and set them aside.
  • Boil water in a pot. Add the chicken, black pepper, half of the saffron water, onion, and salt.
  • Let it simmer over low heat for an hour.
  • Then remove the chicken and onion from the broth and set them aside.
  • The broth will be used as side dish for rice.
  • When chicken is cooled down, separate meat from the bones and set them aside.

Mixing Ingredient for Tahchin

  • Take a bowl and mix egg, saffron, salt, and yogurt in it.
  • Then mix rice into it and stir well.
  • Take a deep, medium diameter pan and melt the butter. Coat the sides of the pan with it.
  • Layer rice at the bottom, then put chicken pieces on it.
  • Then cover with another layer of rice.
  • Make sure to hide the chicken by keeping the pieces away from the sides.
  • Then add barberries and nuts on top.
  • Sprinkle boiled water on it. And poke 4- 5 holes all the way to the bottom.
  • Put the pot on medium heat.
  • When steam starts to arise, lower the heat.
  • Cover with a lid and kitchen towel and cook for another hour.


  • Remove the lid from the pot and fix a serving platter on it. Then carefully flip the pot onto the platter.
  • Remove the pot slowly to get perfect rice cake shape.
  • Garnish with barberries and nuts.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Religious Cooking Halal Recipes


Calories: 437kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 15gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 3579mgPotassium: 192mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 231IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 69mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Tah Chin Recipe, Tahchin Recipe, Traditional Iranian Rice cake, ته چین
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Cooking tip for making Tahchin

  • This recipe can be made without chicken.
  • Saffron is also optional.
  • Make sure to cook rice according to its type. Some varieties cook faster than others.
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What to serve with Tahchin?

Serve it with chicken broth, yogurt, or different stews.

Variations of Tahchin

A layer of lamb or beef meat can be added to Tahchin. A vegetarian Tahchin can be made with vegetable or fruit stuffing instead of chicken.

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