Polo or Steamed Rice

(Serves 5-6) 


3 cups rice 
8 tablespoons salt 
1/2 teaspoon saffron 
2 teaspoons hot water  


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the dried rice and the 8 table spoons of salt to the boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes. Drain the rice and rinse with water and drain again. 

In a large pot bring 1 table spoon of water and 1 tablespoon of oil to boil. Add the rice. Cover the pot with a lid wrapped in a cloth and steam over a medium heat for 30 minutes. You may start the steaming process over high heat. Once the rice starts steaming  lower the heat and steam over  low to medium heat. 

Just before serving, dilute the saffron in 2 teaspoons of hot water. Mix it with 1 cup of the cooked rice. 
Dish the rice in a platter. Sprinkle the saffron colored rice on top.