Upside Down Persian Rice Dish For Purim Feast

Purim is the time of “V’nahafoch hu” – turn around . When Haman was planning the destruction of the Jews and his plan went horribly wrong for him, and the Jews where miraculously saved. The upside down Persian Rice dish is the perfect dish for your Purim feast.

Iris Liani, who has been a secretary at Boys Town Jerusalem for the past 31 years, is the daughter of Persian immigrants to Israel. Known for her delectable Persian cooking, Iris shares her own traditional Persian Rice recipe for the Purim feast (“seudah”).

“This dish is the ultimate style for celebrating Purim – At its base are crispy, delicio   us potatoes that form a beautiful Persian carpet. Flip it over, and behold the beauty of a cake of perfect, mouthwatering rice.”



  • 3 cups long-grain (Basmati) rice
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ c. oil
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, cumin, turmeric, and coarse salt



  1. Now, open the pan carefully to feast your eyes on each and every perfect grain of rice.
  2. Reduce flame to low and cook for another 30-40 minutes. Without adding a drop of water.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes over a high, wide flame. Do not panic because there’s no water! (Release the panic with the steam…)
  4. Place a kitchen towel over the pan and cover with the lid.
  5. Spread the rice over the potato “carpet” and add the remaining oil from the dish.
  6. In the flat pan, arrange the potatoes and lightly fry them on both sides.
  7. In a flat pan (large non-stick skillet), pour ½ cup of oil, and sprinkle in the black pepper, cumin and turmeric. Heat the seasoned oil and pour half of the amount over the potatoes in the deep dish.
  8. Thinly slice the peeled potatoes and place in a deep dish.
  9. Bring water to a boil in a pan, add rice and salt to taste. Stir continuously so that rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan. After boiling 10 minutes, rinse the rice in a colander.
  10. Flip the pan onto a plate, and bring this Persian delicacy straight to your festive Purim meal!

Wishing you all a happy Purim!!!

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