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Polo (Rice) in Rice Cooker

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 6 servings


3 cups long grain basmati rice
5½ cups water
1½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons butter


Measure rice with a regular measuring cup. The cup packaged with the rice cooker is different size than a standard U.S. measuring cup. Use a Persian rice cooker which is designed to cook light and fluffy rice with tadig (crispy crust).

Pour the rice into a bowl; cover with cold water. Swish the rice around gently with your hand; drain and repeat until the water is clear. Rinsing washes off loose starch, making the rice less sticky. Strain the rice thoroughly to get rid of the excess water.

Combine all the ingredients in the pot of the rice cooker. Cover the pot; plug the rice cooker in. Turn the machine on and start the cooking cycle following the manufacturer’s timing.

When rice is ready, unplug the rice cooker.  Lift the pot out; remove the lid. To unmold the rice, place a round serving platter on top of the pot. Using pot holders firmly grab the serving platter and the pot flipping them over together, as you would invert a cake pan.

Experiment with the water to rice ratio to obtain the desired texture. More water results in softer and stickier rice; less water results in firmer more separate grains.