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Kalam Polo Shirazi, the Magic of Shiraz

Knowing that we have Kalam Polo for lunch could make me jump over the moon. I used to stand beside my mother during the whole process waiting for the time that she allowed me to make meatballs with her. While rolling the meats in my hands, I used to listen to my mother singing Persian folklore songs and illustrate every word in my mind. Then, when the fragrance of Kalam Polo spread in the house, I knew that it is almost time to enjoy a perfect meal with my family. 
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Persian
Keyword: Kalam Polo, Kalam Polo Shirazi
Servings: 4 persons
Calories: 161kcal
Author: solmaz haghighat


  • Rice: 2 cups 400 cal
  • Diced Kohlrabi or cabbage: 3 cups 40 cal
  • Ground red meat: 450 gr 1500cal
  • Herbs: 3 tablespoons of each or 120g of fresh herbs. 15 cal
  • Salt and pepper: depending on your taste
  • Vegetable oil: 6 tablespoons 500 cal
  • Saffron: 4 tbsp of brewed saffron 8 cal
  • Onion: 1 medium 44 cal


  • Step one: Soak the rice, slice the kohlrabies and stir them on heat with some verjuice.
  • Step two: Make meatballs or tofu balls and fry them.
  • Step three: Drain the rice and combine it with dried herbs, turmeric and saffron.
  • Step four: Put some oil in the pot, have a layer of rice then meatballs and kohlrabis on top of it. Continue layering the ingredients and let it cook for 45 minutes. Then enjoy!


You should serve Kalam Polo with Shirazi Salad to enjoy it even more.