Tahdig with Potato

by My Persian Kitchen on February 12, 2010


Here we go! Another post about tahdig! So far I have posted about two methods of making tahdig, one is with yogurt and saffron and the other is with lavash bread. Today’s post is about one of probably most loved methods of making tahdig.  There is something truly magical that happens when sliced potatoes are friend along with the rice at the bottom of the pot!


1 potato

2 cups of rice, boiled as show in the basic rice cooking method post

1 tbsp saffron brewed in hot water

canola oil



Slice potatoes as evenly as possible in about 1/4″ rounds


Gather all of the needed ingredients.


Some people will fry one side of the potatoes first, flip them and add some water and oil and then place rice on top. Others will simply place water, oil and saffron in the pot, place the potatoes in there and cover with rice. Personally that’s what I do. I just pour a couple of tablespoons of canola oil, then add 1 tablespoon of saffron brewed in hot water, and little sprinkle of salt and slightly shake the pan or use a wooden spatula to mix the liquid.  Add the potatoes, sprinkle each with a little salt and then add rice.

I highly recommend that the salting of the potatoes, at least on one side, is not skipped. It makes a huge, huge, huge difference!


Since thadig is super popular, sometimes when I have left over potatoes, I add them to another pot or pan and make extra tahdig. Generally, when you make more tahdig you will be more loved!


Add rice as you would regularly. As always cook on high for 10 minutes.  Lower the temperature, wrap cover in a towel and steam for about one hour.


The end result is a gorgeous and delicious potato tahdig!


And here is the extra one that I made in the pan!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

La February 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm

!!!! This was the first Persian dish I ever ate. I’m going to try this!

Kolaleh February 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Very clever! Extra tahdig in the pan… Will definitely try

My Persian Kitchen February 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

@La, awesome! Let me know how it goes!

@ Kolaleh, clever and sheekamoo!!! ;)

Mehrdad February 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

I burned my Tahdig last night :(

My Persian Kitchen February 13, 2010 at 10:03 am

Oh no! what happened? Too little oil? Too high of flame??!! It happens to to the best of us!

ap269 February 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

This looks really yummy! I’ll have to try that. I’m sure my kids will be thrilled!

Shahrzad February 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

yum, thanks for reminding me to make this :)

just one question–1 tbsp saffron?? that seems too much for anything.

Maninas February 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

This looks absolutely beautiful

Cassie February 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I made this tonight and it came out slightly burned–still edible, but the potatoes were a little too well done. It was the first time making this, so hopefully next time I’ll do better.

Have you ever tried using butter instead of canola oil? Does that work too?

Thanks for posting this! :)

My Persian Kitchen February 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

@ ap269, it is indeed yummy!!

@ Shahrzad, oh no! Sorry for the misunderstanding. 1 tablespoon of saffron brewed in water. Here is the link to the post: http://mypersiankitchen.com/?p=1713

@ Maninas, it’s sinfully good!

@ Cassie, I am sorry yours didn’t come out well. Make sure that you steam the rice on a low flame. Yes, you can use butter as well. I have found that canola oil works best for me as the burning accidents occur less. :)

Bria @ West of Persia February 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Rice AND potatoes as a tahdig. Yum! Let the carb fest begin ;-)

Jessica March 2, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Do you have to cook the rice before you make the tahdig? I am trying to make a persian birthday dinner for my fiance and I have never made this before. Thank you.

My Persian Kitchen March 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Jessica, yes, you need to cook the rice based on the instructions on this post: Cooking rice for Polow: http://mypersiankitchen.com/?p=1705

Jessica March 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thank you

Mojgan June 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

This is great like the rest of your site.
The tahdig with yogurt and saffron link doesn’t work though. That was the reason I ended up on this page and it takes me to an error message.
would you please add instructions for tahdig-e maast?

My Persian Kitchen June 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Mojgan, thanks for letting me know the link doesn’t work. I just fixed it. You can find the recipe at the following link: http://mypersiankitchen.com/persian-rice-cooking-method/

Kathleen July 31, 2010 at 2:25 pm

This is one of my favorites. Have made it quite a few times, taste was there but could not get it to look as pretty as yours. Worked with an Iranian architect, and had an Iranian neighbor. They cooked it for me, they gave me the directions but I failed. Your recipe and techniques look like they will fix the problem. Your site is wonderful and I look forward to cooking more of your fabulous food.

Neomi September 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

First, I want to say how much I love your blog. I found it a few weeks ago and was so delighted to see the clear instructions on Iranian cooking. I am
Iranian (born in Abadan) myself but for some reason making tahdig with potatoes is just always unsuccessful for me. It is so upsetting because it’s the best kind of tahdig!! My family has tried to explain the process to me many times and I feel like I’m really doing what they say but it still just doesn’t go.
So when I saw this post on potato tahdig I decided to try it again for Rosh Hashana (even though I feel like such a fool each time it doesn’t work) because your explanations and photos are so clear. Well, I’m so sad to say it still didn’t work for me:( My problem is that the potatoes are never ever crunchy but always flabby. This time they even overcooked a bit and were darkened too much, border-lining on burning, but still flabby! The rice part though was crispy and good but the potatoes seemed steamed more than fried. I use a non stick pot, and used may 3 tblspoons of oil, had it on high on about 10 minutes… so not sure what went wrong again. Could it be my pot? Unfortunately it is is the only non-stick I own but I bought this somewhat expensive pot just so I can finally make good tahdige seebzamini
(agh!) Any way, sorry for the long sob story but wondered if you had any idea what might be causing this?
Thanks again for your awesome blog!

My Persian Kitchen September 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

Neomi, thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoy reading my blog! Hmm, are you putting too much water along with oil at the bottom of your pot? If you have a good pot and your ratio is correct then I don’t know what is going on. If your potatoes are burnt, then maybe your flame is too high during the hour that it cooks. It’s very important to cook on high for 10 minutes and then lower the flame and allow for the rice to steam on low.

Neomi October 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Just want to thank you again for your suggestions. I am so happy to say that I had some measure of success last time I tried the potato tahdig! (yay!) It seems like the thing that helped me the most was to turn up the heat again
after the rice steams for maybe 2-3 minutes on high and that crisped up
everything again. Thanks again!

My Persian Kitchen October 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

Neomi, so glad to hear that your latest try was a success!!! Woohoo!!!

Farah November 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Thank you SO much for posting this! I always love tahdig like this, but my family (parents, sibs, etc) prefers the lavash…now I make it the way I love it for myself & new family (DH, kids).
I love all your photos and detailed instruction! VERY helpful.

My Persian Kitchen November 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Farah, I am glad to be of help!!!!!!!!

Victor January 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

The parents of a friend of mine (Persian father, German mother) told me that when they told 15 years ago to their two children that a new brother would be born in some months, my friend was fine with the idea but he had a serious concern about having to split tahdig into 5 family members instead of 4. I can fully understand.

The traditional method might be risky for some at the beginning, as you have to know well the pot, the intensity of the fire, and when to remove the rice before it gets fully done for adding it to the tahdig. The safe version is using a rice cooker. If you want it with potato tahdig, it is as simple as adding some oil or butter, salted sliced potatoes, rice and water at the right ratio depending on the type of rice, and salt. Then, press “cook” and it will stop by itself when cooked. The trick to make tahdig is to force the rice cooker to continue cooking for 7 to 8 minutes by keeping the button pressed for “cooking” mode, instead of “warming” mode, which jumps off automatically when the water have been fully absorbed.

Great blog, by the way.

My Persian Kitchen January 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

Victor, do you add the potatoes at the beginning? Don’t they float to the top?

Christina The Latina! January 7, 2011 at 3:08 am

I love this site!

I notice that Persian do have a very different style of cooking their rice- in comparison to other cultures….

I live in a mainly Hispanic neighborhood and Carolina Rice (brand) is the only Basmati rice I have come across. Should I shop around for a different brand? Do brands really matter? And what about the cooking spices?

I notice the only step you use oil in (throughout the instructions) is when you are adding it to the bottom of the pot for the Tadig. Why is it that Persian style rice does not stick together? I always thought oil was used so that the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pot AND together! Does soaking it overnight/several hours contribute to the grains not sticking together? When soaking the rice, should I put it in the fridge!

When it comes to draining the rice, do I drain/strain the rice until all excess water is completely out of the rice?

I absolutely LOVE Persian food.. unfortunately I have no one around to give me these little pointers! Your website is Fantastic By the way!!!! Cant wait to make this Dish!!! Its will be the first!

Soraya January 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I was wondering about the part where you made extra tahdig in a pan? Do u need to put more rice on top of the potatoes? Or how do u make the extra ones? I already have rice my uncle made but would like to make tahdig??

My Persian Kitchen January 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Christina, yes, our rice is definitely different! I am not really familiar with the brands of Basmati rice available out there as I always buy mine from my local Persian store. There are two steps in which oil is added, one is at the bottom of the pot and the other is about 10 minutes into the cooking. You can find more about it on the follow post:

The oil is not used so that the rice won’t stick to each other. Persian rice should never look like Asian sticky rice. Soaking the rice will help with the cooking process. The rice should stay out on the counter at room temperature. Here is another post that shows what to do when draining rice:


My Persian Kitchen January 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Soraya, you need to put a thin layer of rice on top of the potatoes and follow every step of rice making minus the water and oil that is added before lowering the temperature.

Maha January 12, 2011 at 3:40 am

Hi ,
your recipes look so amazing and simple yet very artistic. I tried the potatoe tahdig today and i lowered the heat and left it on for anout an hour but it wasnt crispy , or even close. the potatoes were soft , tasted good but they were not crunchy.
Do you think i maybe put too much water with the saffron at the bottom ? or the heat maybe was too low ? Any advice? I will be doing it again till i get the crunchy layer :P

My Persian Kitchen January 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Maha, it definitely sounds like there was too much water at the bottom of the pot. Make sure that there is enough water just to cover the surface of the pot. Practice definitely makes perfect!

Maha January 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Hi again
Happy to tell u that i did the tahdig with potatoes today and it was perfect. I dissolved the saffron in less water, and increased the oil at the bottom of the pan a little. Great recipe. Great blog.

Yaser March 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I stumbled upon an article on iranian.com while desperately searching for an easy way to make a good tahdig.
check out the poem about our beloved tahdig at the end of the article.

Beverly March 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

I made this for my boyfriend last night and I have got to say that I am getting better at making tahdig. However, I am sook nervous my sister in law is coming from tehran on Tuesday and I know I am no match for her Persian cooking. :(

My Persian Kitchen March 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Beverly, don’t be nervous! You are trying your best and that is all that matters!!

Ceema May 23, 2011 at 5:40 am

I used this recipe, plus a phone call to my dad, and my first tahdig turned out wonderful! I am finally learning to make the Persian food that I ate as a kid and this website is a huge help! Thanks so much!

Rafi March 4, 2012 at 2:55 am

Happy NuRooz / Happy spring
Long live Iran and Tahdig

Reena April 15, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hi! Thanks for your recipe. I have been trying to make potato tahdig…and it not turned out like yours. I thought it was the pot – I bought myself a new cast iron pot – the tahdig was not crispy. Not only that, it wasn’t ONE nice piece like yours. My Persian boyfriend LOVES tahdig and everytime I make it – it does not come out right. help! :p

My Persian Kitchen April 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Reena, to make a good tahdig you need a non-stick pot and canola oil. The trick to a good crispy tahdig is to have enough oil at the bottom!

Reena April 23, 2012 at 3:00 am

Thanks! So that means that a cast iron pot won’t do huh? :( Do I need to put water? By the way, today I tried making the Persian Chicken soup for my boyfriend who happens to be sick…and he loved it! I was so surprised that he had 3 servings of the delicious soup! Thanks so much for your recipe! :D

Sarah April 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

For me, tahdig burns on high for 10 minutes on my stove (gas). I put it on medium high for 10 minutes and medium low for the remainder. Thank you for your site. I love to look up the recipes my mom tells me, as her instructions I find very hard for me to follow (and I find often leaves out important facts!)

Rachell March 7, 2013 at 6:29 am

Hi lovely I haven’t attempted any of your wonderful recipes yet as Im trying soooo hard to remember an awesome dish an old boyfriend ( 17 years ago ) taught me and so it was the tahdig but with a tantalizing meat in layers with it also ! Any help would be greatly appreciated ! Cheetorie xxxxx

saeed January 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

all very nice,but try to mix in the oil,water and saffron some of the rice then layer the potato and push down,and cook as normal,you will end up with much crunchier tahdig. enjoy

Lilly March 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I just ran across your blog while searching for a recipe for mast-e-khiar. I love Persian food. Once upon a time I was married to a Persian and lived for a while in Iran. Potato tadigh is one of my favorites, and I make it as Baghali Pilau (sp?). My non-Persian boyfriend absolutely loves it, too. I’m fortunate… mine usually comes out looking, tasting good. I use butter in the bottom; and before I put the lid on I make a little well on top in the center and put some more butter, as I was taught. The way Persians cook rice is wonderful… never sticky. I never liked eggplant until I ate khoreshte bademjan and now I love any way eggplant is cooked. Anyway, just had to put in my two cents. Thanks for taking me back to such good food.

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