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Adas Polo (lentil Pilau)

1 c Dried lentils
2 c Water
2 c Raw rice, well rinsed
salt
3 c Water, boiling
4 tb Corn oil
2 tb Chicken broth or water
1/8 ts Ground turmeric
1 ts Coriander seeds
1 lg Potato, peeled & cut into 1/4-in thick slices


1. Soak lentils in 2 c water for 2 hrs. Bring to a boil, then cook over low heat for abt 1/2 hr just to soften lentils. Most of water should evaporate. Set aside.

2. Soak rice in lightly salted water for 1/2 hr. Pour off nearly all of water. Put rice & remaining soaking water in a pan w/3 cups of boiling water. Cook over moderate heat for 10 mins to partially cook rice. Drain & rinse under cold water. Drain & set aside.

3. Put 2 tb oil in a pan large enough to hold potato slices in a single layer. Add broth, turmeric, & coriander seeds & shake pan briskly to mix. Fit potato slices over oil & seeds 1n bottom of pan.

4. Mix lentils & rice together & spread mixture over potato slices, shaping a pyramid at top. Cover pan & cook over low heat for 10 mins. Sprinkle balance of oil (2 tb) over rice & cover pan w/paper kitchen towels, and place pan cover on top. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 mins more to develop crust. Serve warm rice mixture together w/crisp crust. Serve 4 to 6 w/other dishes.


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