Albaloo Polo (pilau with sour cherries) is not only one of the most famous foods in Shiraz in southern Iran, but is also a popular dish commonly served in formal parties.
Sour cherries hit the market in summer, making it an ideal season for Iranian families to cook and eat Albaloo Polo. The food can be mixed with tiny meatballs or chicken.
Rice: 4 cupfuls
De-seeded cherries: one and a half cupfuls + 4 to 5 spoonfuls of sugar or one and a half cupfuls of sour cherry jam
Brewed saffron: 4 to 5 spoonfuls
Shredded pistachio: half a cupful
Shredded almond: half a cupful
Oil: as much as needed
Salt: as much as needed
Recipe for Sour Cherry Jam
In order to make sour cherry jam, pour sugar onto sour cherries and put the mixture in the fridge for one day to become watery.
Next, put the mixture on mild heat until it begins to boil. Allow it to boil for ten minutes before removing the sour cherries from the syrup. Let the syrup be cooked through. Then add the sour cherries to the syrup again and allow it to stay on heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Recipe for Tiny Meat Balls
The ingredients are as follows:
Minced meat: 300gr
Onions: 1 average-size onion
Black pepper: 1 spoonful
Turmeric: 2 teaspoonfuls
Salt: As much as needed
Oil: As much as needed
Using your hand, mix the meat, grated onion, black pepper, turmeric and salt well. Take some meat the size of a walnut and form it into a ball with your hands. Then pour a few spoonfuls of oil into a dish and put it on the oven. Put the meat balls into the oil, adjust the heat to medium temperature and leave the meat balls to be fried well. Now your tiny meat balls are ready.
Recipe for Pilau
Rinse and drain the rice. Then pour some oil into a casserole and put it on mild heat until the oil gets hot. Afterwards, put three fish slices of rice into the dish. Then pour two spoonfuls of sour cherries in the middle of the rice. Only add the sour cherries, and NOT the syrup.
Then add a spoonful of saffron. Put some of the sour cherries away to decorate the food. After you have added all the ingredients, put the rice on medium-to-high temperature. Wait for 5 minutes till the casserole becomes hot. Then add two spoonfuls of oil as well as half a glass of water and leave the casserole on heat for another 6 or 7 minutes until steam begins rising from the rice. Leave the rice to be cooked through.