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Authentic Recipe of Albaloo Polo. Delicious Iranian-Persian Traditional Sour Cherry Rice.

Albaloo polo is an authentic, colorful, sweet but tangy variety of pilaf. Cooked as a traditional celebratory dish in the season of sour berries.

Things to know about Albaloo Polo Recipe

Albaloo is wild cherries and polo is pilaf, a style of cooking rice used in Iran. Traditionally cherry polo is made at parties as a side dish or dessert. It’s a very easy but colorful recipe.

Cheery gives a beautiful pink shade to white rice and the use of saffron also enhances the color gradient so this dish looks impressive. The sweet but tangy flavor of cherries provides a very refreshing tone.

Albaloo polo is considered a side dish, mostly cooked at family gatherings. For a savory touch, it can be served with a variety of kebabs. You can also pair it with meatballs or stews, or a simple puree.

Delicious Iranian Traditional Sour Cherry Rice. Authentic Recipe of Albaloo Polo.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: پلو‎ آلبالو
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Dish Type Pilaf Recipes
Main Cooking Method Boiled, Boiled (Simmering), Steaming
Occasional Cooking Weekend Family Meal Recipes


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 1124 kcal


  • 3 cups Basmati Rice White
  • 1 tbsp Salt For the rice
  • 1000 grams (2.2 lb) Cherry
  • 1 pc Onion Large
  • 1 pinch Saffron Powder
  • 4 tbsp Water Warm, for the saffron
  • cup Pistachio Chopped
  • cup Almond Slivered/chopped
  • 300 grams (10.58 oz) White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 3-4 tsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Butter
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  • Mix the saffron powder with warm water and set aside.

Cherry Mixture

  • Remove cherry kernels, and wash cherries.
  • In a pan over medium heat, add cherries and sugar.
  • Let it simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Then remove the cherries with the help of a slotted spoon and cook the sugar syrup for another 5 minutes until it thickens.
  • Add the butter to the syrup and cook.


  • 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.


  • Take a large pot and add oil or some slices of lavash bread to prepare tahdig.
  • Make a layer of rice then add cooked cherries.
  • Add another layer of rice and then pour cherry juice and oil mixture on the rice layer.
  • Then add diluted saffron at the top.
  • Cover the pot with a kitchen towel and cook for 45 minutes over very low heat.
  • Transfer to a platter and garnish with almonds and pistachios.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Healthy Recipes
Seasonal Cooking Autumn Recipes, Spring Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes


Calories: 1124kcalCarbohydrates: 231gProtein: 17gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1769mgPotassium: 910mgFiber: 10gSugar: 108gVitamin A: 265IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Albaloo Polo Recipe, Traditional Iranian Sour Cherry Rice, پلو‎ آلبالو
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Cooking tip for making Albaloo Polo

  • You can use both fresh and canned cherries. Although traditionally sour cherries are used.
  • The use of butter and nuts is optional.
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What to serve with Albaloo Polo?

Serve with chicken stew, a variety of kebabs, or meatballs.

Variations of Albaloo Polo

Albaloo polo is also made with yogurt tahdig. It has yogurt mixed with rice as the crusty base.

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