Dami Gojeh Farangi

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Dami gojeh farangi is a one-pot vegetarian Persian tomato-rice dish that’s quick and easy to prepare; the potatoes make it especially hearty and comforting. You can serve it as-is or with some yogurt or a salad on the side. Like many Persian rice recipes, long-grain rice (in this case, basmati) is ideal. If you’re a fan of spicy food, add the cayenne pepper for some heat.



  1. Rinse the rice a few times until the water runs clear. Set aside.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onion until golden, about 10 minutes. Turn the heat to medium low. Add the potato and turmeric and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are lightly browned and the turmeric is fragrant, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the diced tomatoes, cayenne pepper, if using, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the rice and 1 1/3 cups water, raise the heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the water has almost evaporated, 15 to 18 minutes. Wrap a tight-fitting lid in a paper towel and place it on the pot. Turn the heat to medium low and cook until the rice and potatoes are completely tender, another 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice sit undisturbed for 5 minutes before serving.

Cook’s Note

In summer when tomatoes are in season, you can substitute 7 grated Roma tomatoes for the canned diced tomatoes.