Estamboli Polo with Minced Meat Recipe -Iranian Tomato Pilaf

It is a simple and very delicious Iranian dish made of tomatoes, potato, onions, spices and Iranian rice. Fast and delicious

Estamboli polo is the only pilaf that my mother prepares as quickly as possible. A delicious pilaf made from a combination of tomatoes and Iranian rice. When the meat and chicken are finished inside the house, you should understand that it is time to cook estamboli pilaf.

Of course, I would like to add that you can make this delicious pilaf with pieces of chicken or minced meat. But this dish is usually famous for combining tomato, rice, and special spices.

Estamboli Pollo, also known as Polo Gojeh, is one of those tasty and delicious dishes that anyone can easily make.

In addition, the basic ingredients of this dish are available in every kitchen and can be prepared easily. Since I love minced meat, I have prepared the recipe for estamboli polo with minced meat for you.

My experience table:

My level of interest is from 1 to 10 7
The ease of cooking Easy
Served for Dinner, Launch
Suggest for Daily meal
What is served with? Salad shirazi, sabzi khordan, mast o musir
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 40 minutes
Serve for  4 people

Ingredient for estamboli polo with minced meat

ingredient estamboli polo

Persian rice 0.9 pound
Minced meat 0.6 pound
Large onion 1 pcs
Tomato  5 pcs
Liquid oil as needed
Potatoes 2 medium
Persian saffron powder as needed
Salt and black pepper as needed
Turmeric and cinnamon half a teaspoon


1. To prepare estamboli polo with minced meat, soak the rice on a suitable side with water and salt. You should do this 3 to 2 hours before cooking, depending on the type of rice.
2. Then wash the tomatoes well, and then you can grate them or chop them into small pieces. Of course, you can also conveniently chop tomatoes with a food processor and mixer.
3. Now bring the kitchen tray along with a big onion. Cut the onion into wedges with a knife. Heat the pan with a little oil, onion and turmeric. Put the chopped onions in the pan. Fry the onions until they become light.

4. Then, add the minced meat to the pan along with a little black pepper and salt. Fry all the ingredients in the pan again until the color of the meat changes and leaves its red color.

add minced meat to sauce

5. At this stage, it’s time to go to the potatoes. First, peel the potatoes, wash them beforehand, and place them in a clean towel to remove excess water.

add potato to sauce

Then, chop them into small cubes to be served easily when mixed with rice. Now put them in another pan with oil and salt and fry them like onions. I usually fry them until they are half-fried.

6. Add tomato puree to the ingredients and fry the ingredients. Continue this until the excess tomato juice evaporates. You can also use a little tomato paste to make it more colorful.
7. In the last step of the Istanbul recipe with minced meat, put the rice on the heat until it boils. At this time, the rice foams.

mix rice and sauce

Be sure to get the foam on it and drain it after it becomes soft. Bring a pot and put the necessary amount of oil on the bottom of it. Then, use lavash bread for tahdig and put it in the bottom of the pot. This is completely arbitrary).

mix ingredient for estamboli

8. Then, pour a little rice and a little of the mixture of tomato and minced meat; do this until the rice and ingredients are finished. Stir the cumin and pilaf spice until all the ingredients are used.
Ultimately, we brew the Stamboli for 40 minutes until the estamboli polo with minced meat is ready.

This dish is very similar to dami gojeh, and many people consider these two dishes to be the same, but this is not the case.

stamboli polo is ready

Notes for estamboli polo

estamboli polo notes

  • I always try to use tomato puree and less tomato paste; this keeps the original taste of this dish.
  • You can also make other models of Stamboli: Stamboli with pieces of chicken, Stamboli Kete without chicken and meat, and Stamboli with vegetables.
  • To make this food stronger, you can use a little calf juice. It is excellent for strengthening the bones of children and teenagers.
  • To make the food tastier, add some animal oil to it at the end of cooking the rice.
  • Using smoked rice in Istanbul rice will give the food a unique taste and aroma.
  • You can also use some dried aromatic herbs in the tomato mixture for better aroma and taste.

Related: Loobia polo recipe.

3. Tomatoes May Preserve Your Eye Health

Along with lycopene, tomatoes contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been found to aid in the preservation of eye health and prevention of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. The vitamin A found in tomatoes is another key nutrient for eye health, and may also reduce the risk of macular degeneration, as well as help prevent night blindness, according to Michigan State University Extension.

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1. What is the main ingredient in estanboli polo?

Persian rice, tomato, and onion are the main ingredient in estanboli polo.

2. What is served with estamboli polo?

This pilaf is served with salad Shirazi, sabzi khordan, sir torshi, and persian doogh.

3. How to store Estanboli polo?

You can keep this food in a closed container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. After you remove it from the fridge, you can heat it in a microwave oven or a separate container with two spoons of water on the gas flame.

4. Can this food be used for vegans?

In estamboli pilaf, rice without meat and chicken is excellent for vegans because it is made from rice, tomatoes, potatoes, and spices.

5. Is this food good for children?

Yes, estamboli polo is healthy and full of energy and protein due to the presence of potatoes and tomatoes and very little oil consumption.


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Please tell me in the comments about the foods that are close to this food in your country.
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Chef Haghighi

I am Chef Haghighi with ten years of cooking experience and setting up many restaurants and fast food in Iran and Turkey. I am interested in writing recipes on my website. I have the TCA international culinary qualification.I have the experience of successfully launching more than 20 restaurants and fast food in USA and Turkey. I have opened all kinds of traditional restaurants and fast food in Iranian and Turkish style. You can contact me for advice on equipping restaurants and fast food In the shortest possible time and for free, I will provide you with advice on buying fast food equipment and setting up a fast food restaurant.

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