To help us learn more about Persian (a.k.a. Iranian) food, we turned to culinary authority Najmieh Batmanglij. In addition to insight on Persian culinary traditions, she provided us with recipes from her book New Food of Life.
These cooking times are for the National Delux rice cooker. The cooking time for rice may vary according to different brands of rice cookers. It is desirable but not essential to soak the rice in 8 cups water with 2 tablespoons salt for 2 to 24 hours. This is especially good for an older rice such as basmati.
Among other long-grained types of rice, choose those that are long, thick, and sleek at the tip.
*For American long-grain rice, as opposed to basmati, use only 3 cups of water and wash the rice once.
© 2007 From New Food of Life by Najmieh Batmanglij by permission of Mage Publishers