Tahchin Morgh: The Ultimate Crispy Saffron Rice Cake with EBV Saffron
Tahchin Morgh is one of the prized jewels of Persia cuisine. This rice cake, with its crispy exterior and soft, flavorful center, is not just a dish but an experience, especially when prepared with the golden touch of EBV Saffron.
Ingredients (serves 2):
Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Chicken pieces (breast or thigh) - 2
EBV Saffron - A generous pinch
Yogurt (plain) - 1/2 cup
Egg yolks - 2
Onion, finely chopped - 1 small
Salt and pepper to taste
Butter or oil for greasing
Saffron Infusion: In a small dish, steep EBV Saffron threads in 2 tablespoons of hot water for about 30 minutes, ensuring the full release of its vibrant color and rich aroma.
Rice Preparation: Wash the rice in cold water several times until the water runs clear. Boil the rice in salted water for about 5-7 minutes until it's par-cooked. Drain and set aside.
Chicken Preparation: In a pan, sauté the onions until translucent. Add the chicken pieces, season with salt and pepper, and brown them slightly on both sides. Remove from heat and set aside.
Mixing: In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, egg yolks, and saffron infusion. Gently fold in the par-cooked rice, ensuring each grain is coated.
Layering: Grease a non-stick pan with butter or oil. Layer half of the saffron rice mixture at the bottom, followed by the chicken pieces, and then the remaining rice mixture.
Cooking: Cover and cook on low heat for about 30-40 minutes. The bottom should develop a crispy golden crust, known as "Tahdig".
Serving: Invert the pan onto a serving platter, unveiling the golden Tahdig on top. Serve hot with yogurt or a side salad.
Saffron Health Benefits:
Saffron, especially of the quality of EBV Saffron, isn't just a flavoring agent. It's packed with antioxidants, may improve mood and treat depressive symptoms, can act as an aphrodisiac, has anti-inflammatory properties, and may reduce appetite and aid weight loss.
Tahchin Morgh is more than just a meal; it's a delightful journey through the rich tapestry of culinary art. The flavor, aroma, and color added by EBV Saffron elevates this dish to a gourmet experience.
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