Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken
Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken
Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken
Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

Authentic Persian Jeweled Rice and Saffron Chicken

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Learn to make this beautiful rice dish traditionally served for celebrations alongside saffron marinated chicken. 

Class Level:  Intermediate (not difficult, but more fast paced and more steps)

What you will learn:

  • How to make Tahdig, the crispy bottom of the rice
  • To create "Jeweled" carrots, orange peel, pistachios and raisins
  • One of two Iranian methods of cooking rice
  • Plating Persian rice with Tahdig
  • The cultural significance of rice in Rasht, Iran
  • About Rasht, Iran and Northern Iranian cooking and culture

Leila will take you through each step of the dishes in this fully interactive online cooking class.  Along the way you will hear stories from Leila's life in Rasht Iran and her journey to Canada.  Rasht has been voted by Unesco as the most creative gastronomy city.

About IMK cooking classes:

  • Fully Interactive
  • An In My Kitchen moderator will join your Host online to ensure you have a smooth experience.
  • Ask as many questions as you like!

Jeweled Rice
Named for its gem stone colours, a great dish for the holiday season

Saffron Marinated Chicken
A simple and flavourful dish, marinated in spices, saffron and yogurt.

Recipes: Emailed to just after you register

Ingredients: If you are interested in a vegetarian option or other adaptions just email us at

Technology: Connect to your host on zoom using your computer, tablet or mobile device. Your zoom link will be sent to you the day before your cooking class.

Class Involvement: We love to hear from you, so please chime in with questions. Public classes have 4-20 participants, to ensure everyone is able to ask questions. Private cooking events can have up to 497

Classes require a minimum of 4 connections to be held.

Event Duration: 1.5 hours

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredient List
Serves 4

Saffron Chicken
3 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced ( more garlic makes it more delicious)
4 pieces chicken, breasts and thighs
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 or 2 fresh limes, juiced
1 tablespoons sugar, adjust to your taste
2 tablespoons of brewed saffron ( or more)
½ C Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup barberry
1/4 cup pistachio sliver ( optional)

Jeweled Rice
3 C long white basmati rice
½ C barberries
¼ C sliced raw almonds
¼ C sliced raw pistachio
½ C golden raisins
2 large orange peeled (slivered)
2 large carrots, cut and in 2 inch thin strips
¼ C rose water
1 C oil, butter or ghee(divided in 2, ½ cups)
1 tsp ground saffron dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp plus ½ C sugar
Salt to taste
Water for boiling the rice

Kitchen equipment
Large mixing bowl to mix chicken with marinade
Large sauté pan to cook chicken
Large pot to cook rice
Med fry pan
Clean dishtowel
2 Small bowls
1 small pot or fry pan
Large serving platter to hold rice and chicken

What to prep in advance
Wash rice in a colander until water runs clear

To remove the bitterness from orange peel, drop orange peel in a pot with boiling water and cook for 1 minute and rinse, repeat this 2 more times.

Have your ingredients measured out and ready to go.

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Please note we do not offer refunds, but we do provide a full credit if you need to cancel.

If you cancel two weeks before your cooking class you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another cooking class. After that, for in-person classes you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). For online cooking classes you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else.


Yesterday's culinary journey was fabulous. We LOVED it. I found the moderator to be so helpful and valuable. Leila is a wonderful host. For a moment, I could have been somewhere in Rasht last night 🙂

Nazmi K. Vancouver B.C

How It Works

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Sign up for your cooking class. On-line: price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event.

All in-person classes are suitable for families. Max 6 spots, book all 6 and have your own private event.

Cooking Instructions

All cooking classes include tested recipes.

On-line: After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list, equipment list and zoom info.

In-Person: After registration you will receive the recipes and the address for your Host's home. 


Online Cooking Classes are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.

In-Person Cooking Classes are 3 hours long about 1.5-2 hours in the kitchen 1-1.5 hours sitting down and sharing the meal together.