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How to Make Shirin Polo – UAE Food Recipes

Arabic cuisine has a wide range of dishes, but nothing matches Shirin Polo’s taste, a dish prepared for special occasions and festivals like Ramadan and Eid. Here are the ingredients and instructions to make Shirin Polo. Read on!

Table of Contents


  • One cup of water
  • One orange
  • One medium yellow onion
  • Five ounces of carrot
  • A half cup of slivered almonds
  • Three cups of basmati rice
  • Two tangerines
  • Five tablespoons of butter
  • A half cup of chopped pistachios
  • A half cup of raisins
  • Powdered saffron


  1. Peel the orange and tangerine’s outer zest using a peeler or sharp knife
  2. Add water to the saucepan and put in the orange and tangerine strips
  3. Boil for five to seven minutes and set aside once done
  4. Mix sugar and water and bring to a boil to prepare a syrup
  5. Add the strips to the syrup
  6. Continue stirring the mixture and remove the caramelized zest strips
  7. Reserve some syrup for later use
  8. Melt three tablespoons of butter and cook the onions over medium heat
  9. Keep the onions aside once golden brown
  10. Follow the same procedure for carrots with two tablespoons of butter
  11. Use a pressure cooker to steam three cups of rice
  12. Add saffron powder for aroma and color
  13. Add some butter to the frying pan and pile up the carrots, pistachios, caramelized zest strips, raisins, and almonds in the corner
  14. Drizzle the syrup over these ingredients and heat over a low heat
  15. Transfer the cooked rice to the serving platter
  16. Now add some zest, carrots, and nuts
  17. Put some rice over them
  18. Add the remaining carrots, zest, and rice to form a pyramid shape
  19. Sprinkle with almonds, pistachios, and raisins
  20. Add syrup to the dish and serve to your family and friends