Mash Polo: Iranian Dish with Rice and Mung Bean

Mash Polo is a popular and delicious Iranian dish that combines the flavors of rice and mash (mung bean). This unique culinary creation is not only a delight to the taste buds but also reflects the rich cultural heritage of Iran.

In this post, we will explore the origin of Mash Polo, provide an authentic recipe for preparing this dish, and offer insights into serving it in a traditional Iranian manner. Follow me in this post.

Origin of Mash Polo:

Mash Polo has its roots deeply embedded in Iranian cuisine, which is renowned for its diverse and flavorful dishes.

This dish originated in the northern regions of Iran, particularly Gilan and Mazandaran provinces, where the fertile lands provide an abundance of fresh vegetables. The combination of rice and mung bean is a harmonious blend that showcases the natural produce of the region.

Authentic Recipe for Mash Polo:

To prepare an authentic Polo Mash, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup mung bean
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Salt to taste


  1. Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then drain.
  2. Pour the mung bean into a pot and pour the water over it. Put water about 3 times the mung beans. Allow for about 20 to 30 minutes for the mung bean to be cooked over medium heat. The mung bean should be softened but not crushed.
  3. Add the rice that has been soaked in advance.
  4. Add salt.
  5. When the rice came to Al Dente, pour the rice and mung bean into the drain.
  6. Then pour some oil and leave your favorite Thadig in the pot. Pour the rice and mung bean into the pot and put over low heat to boil.
  7. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and soft.
  8. Chop the onion and fry it in a pan. Then pour some turmeric and spices over it and saute. Set aside to serve the meal while serving the Mash Polo.

How is the Mush Polo served?

The simple mung bean I have taught in Jan Raspari can be served with any food. With stew, with barbecue, cutlet is a great compound. You can even eat it with yogurt and it’s very tasty.

To enhance the dining experience, consider serving the dish with traditional Iranian accompaniments such as torshi (pickled vegetables), fresh herbs like mint and cilantro, and sabzi khordan (a platter of fresh herbs). This combination provides a refreshing contrast to the savory Mash Polo and adds depth to the overall taste.


Mash Polo is a culinary gem from Iran that tantalizes the taste buds with its harmonious blend of rice and mung bean. With its rich flavors and vibrant colors, this dish exemplifies the diversity and cultural heritage of Iranian cuisine.

By following the authentic recipe provided, you can enjoy a truly satisfying and authentic Iranian dining experience.

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