Saturday, 20 August 2011

Persian Chicken Rice Cake - TAHCHIN



This is one of my favorite Persian one pan dinner. Since my visiting sister-in-law is still around I take the opportunity to ask her to pass me the recipe and guide me in the cooking process.

It was unbelievably tasty and lovely looking! Beautifully saffron tinted rice cooked with yogurt and chicken to perfection. Even the crust is not to be missed! Total satisfaction ! MMmmmmmm




Serves 4 person

Ingredients:
For Chicken
2 kg chicken fillet - cubed
1 large onion - finely chopped
1 tsp salt (or to your taste)
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (or to your taste)
Oil for cooking

For Rice
3 cups Rice
3 cups water
2 tbsp salt (or to your taste) 
500 g yogurt
2 large egg yolk
1 tsp ground saffron mix well with 1 tsp warm water


Method:
For Chicken
Place a large non stick deep pan with oil on medium high heat. Fry Onion for 2 minutes and add chicken, saffron, salt and pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes then turn down heat to low. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Drain chicken and leave the chicken stock aside.


For Rice
1) In a large non stick pot rinse rice twice. Add water and salt to boil under high heat. Let water boil for 10minutes, turn heat down to low and continue cooking with lid on for another 30 minutes or until rice is cooked. 
2) Stir in yogurt, saffron and yolks. Mix well.



Final Step
1) In a large non stick deep pan, add oil up to 1/2 cm covering the pan. Heat oil on medium high heat.
2) Once oil is hot, add half of the cooked rice and spread chicken evenly on the rice. Cover chicken with remaining cooked rice.
3)Press the rice a little to even the surface. Pour chicken stock onto the rice and cook for 30 minutes on low heat for 30 minutes with lid closed.

Flip cooked pan content carefully on a plate and serve hot.

BEFARMAEED (Enjoy in  Persian)  !

28 comments:

  1. WOW!! look amazing and delicious! gloria

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  2. Bookmarked so i can cook this next week, thanks!

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  3. Mmm I love the look of this dish especially the chicken incorporated in the rice!

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  4. this is very new to me looks yumm!!!!

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  5. First, I love the new look of you blogs! And then, this dish looks amazingly good--though I'm not at all familiar with its taste or origin! All I know is, I'd love to dig in--right now!

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  6. Exquisito look amazing and delicious l love,very very nice,hugs,hugs.

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  7. That looks delish!

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  8. That sounds delicious, I always want to try cooking with saffron. I love the crusty rice bit.

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  9. Voww!! cake looks grt...flavourful cake...
    very new...to me..
    thanks for sharing

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  10. What a pretty savory cake! I love rice in any form.

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  11. Wow! It looks yum! I love this Persian dish too! Might try one of these days!

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  12. Looks so yummy... Loved the look of the cake

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  13. oh yum! I didn't know you could do that with rice! I'm envisioning making this with peas and carrots and bellpeppers!
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  14. WOW.. Ur exceeding my expectations these days :) love the cake kind a presentation.. Looks so perfect and tempting..
    I would love to have this wonderful dish linked to my event.. check it out..

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  15. This sounds amazing! Bookmarking to try :)

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  16. That is so cool. I have never seen this before but I know I would love it. Its like our version of a casserole but in the shape of a cake. genius. So doing this soon for my hubby and I!

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  17. Have never seen this before, not familiar with Persian food! Looks really good, do you eat it as it is or with some curry to go along?

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  18. wow, this looks so beautiful..very new to me..wonderful recipe..

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  19. Goodness ~ that look so nice ~ very new to me !
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  20. Wow this looks and sounds delicious! Definitely gonna try it out when we get more rice.

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  21. The lovely golden crust of the rice cake looks very inviting. I'm new to Persian cuisine and this is yummy.

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  22. Wow, this is such an amazing and grand chicken dish for everyone to try out!!! Persian food is so tempting!
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  23. that looks really impressive and delicious! I can just imagine serving it at a dinner party and everyone digging into it. must give this a try!

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  24. This looks so delicious! That's the first time that I see a cake with actual rice, quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I've never heard of this, but it looks lovely!

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  26. Can this be made beforehand and reheated with success? Or is it an 'eat-right-away' type dish?

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