Tachin (Persian Saffron Rice)

Tachin, the crown jewel of Persian cuisine, is a sumptuous dish that celebrates the rich flavors of saffron-infused rice. This delectable delicacy combines the elegance of aromatic Basmati rice with the earthy allure of saffron, resulting in a golden, crispy exterior that conceals a treasure trove of tender, seasoned chicken or lamb nestled within its grains. Tachin is a testament to the artistry of Persian cooking, a dish that harmoniously marries fragrant spices and the world's most precious spice, saffron, to create a captivating blend of flavors and textures that will transport your taste buds to the heart of Iran. Each bite is a symphony of savory and subtly sweet notes, a true culinary masterpiece that has enchanted palates for generations. Discover the magic of Tachin, a dish that embodies the soul of Persian gastronomy.

Servings: 4-6


1 1/2 cups white basmati rice
3 cups water
1 cup full fat yogurt
3 egg yolks
2 tsp salt
A pinch of RawSpiceBar Saffron Threads, soaked in 2 tbsp hot water
Pomegranates, mint, or yogurt, for serving


  1. Soak rice in 3 cups of water with a large pinch of salt (about 2 tsp). Let the rice soak overnight or a few hours. Strain and wash the rice a few times in cold water. Rinse until the rice water is clear. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350º F. Boil three cups of water and add rice. Once partially cooked (about 15-20 minutes), strain the liquid and wash with cold water. Then strain the water again. 
  3. Mix the yogurt and egg yolks together and add to the rice. Add saffron water to the rice and mix carefully. 
  4. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Lay down rice. 
  5. Bake in the oven until the rice turns a dark, golden brown, forming a nice a tahdig, about 30-45 minutes. 
  6. When cooked, allow it to settle and then use a large baking sheet to flip the tachin over, allowing it to come out (it should come out in one piece). Serve with pomegranates, mint, or yogurt and enjoy! 

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