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Persian rice and chicken domes with minty yoghurt

Persian rice and chicken domes with minty yoghurt

  • Serves: 4 - 6
  • Difficulty: hard
  • Prep time:
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    1¾ cups Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice, rinsed
    3 tbsp salt, divided
    110 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
    1 onion, finely chopped
    3 medium chicken breasts, cut into very small pieces
    1 cup full cream Greek yogurt, divided
    ½ tsp ground turmeric
    2 tbsp boiling water
    ¼ tsp ground saffron threads
    1 egg, beaten

    For the herb yogurt
    1 cup plain yogurt
    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint and parsley
    salt and pepper to taste

    To garnish
    pomegranate kernels
    pistachio nuts
    fresh dill
    fresh parsley


    1. Preheat the oven to 190 °C and grease a non-stick muffin tin with 12 wells, with butter.
    2. In a medium bowl, cover the rice with cold water and stir in 1 tablespoon of the salt. Let soak for 1 hour, then drain.
    3. Meanwhile, in a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken and continue to stir until cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
    4. To the chicken, add 2 teaspoons of the salt, 1/2 cup of the yogurt, and the turmeric. Stir to combine, then set aside.
    5. In another bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of boiling water and the saffron. Let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in 1 teaspoon of the salt, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, the remaining 1/2 cup of the yogurt and the egg.
    6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with the remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Add the soaked rice to the pot of boiling water and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes, then drain.
    7. To the bowl with the saffron mixture, stir in 3 cups of the cooked rice.
    8. Divide the saffron rice between the 12 wells of the muffin tin. Two heaped tablespoons per well and using a spoon, spread up the sides.
    9. Divide the chicken mixture between each well of rice. Top each with the remaining plain rice. (You may have a little left over).
    10. Melt the remaining butter and drizzle over the rice. Cover the tray with foil and bake, rotating halfway through, until golden – about 2 hours.
    11. Let cool slightly, then run a mini offset spatula around the edge of each of the domes. Place a tray over the pan, then invert to release the mini rice domes.
    12. To make the herb yoghurt, mix the yoghurt, red wine, fresh herbs and salt in a bowl.
    13. To serve, garnish the domes with the pomegranate kernels, walnuts, pistachio nuts and the herb yoghurt.

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