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    Shirin Polo - Iran

    Iran - Shirin Polo - Iran


    • Course/Drink: Main Course

    Shirin Polo is a glamorous Persian Sweet Rice . Shirin means sweet and Polo is rice in Farsi. The mild sweetness and the festive look of this rice makes it a perfect centerpiece at special occasions such as Nowruz (Persian New Year), weddings, or other special gatherings. There are many different recipes for Shirin Polo, some sweeter than others and some with more ingredients than others.  Besides rice, the ingredients included in most recipes are candied citrus zest, thin strips of carrots and slivered almonds with more or less sugar depending on the recipe.  I have only used some sugar to make my homemade candied citrus zest and this adds just a hint of sweetness to this saffron rice.


    Rice: half a kilogram

    Chicken: 800 gram

    Butter: 2 tablespoons

    Almond: 50 gram

    Pistachio: 50 gram

    Orange peel: 100 gram

    Sugar: 4 tablespoons

    Medium onion: 2 numbers

    Sa􀃗ron: half a teaspoon

    Salt and Pepper: necessary amount

    How to prepare Shirin Poloo?

    1. Soak rice in the water for two hours.

    2. Wash chicken and patchy it.

    3. Chop onions and fry them in the oil and wait until the colour of them come to be golden.

    4. Fry the chicken in the onion and let the color of it change.

    5. Add salt, pepper and one glass of hot water to the chicken.

    6. Put the materials on the medium heat for 20 minutes. (If it was needed you can pour additional water to it either until the materials don’t burn.)

    7. After about 20 minutes it must remain about half a glass of chicken water.

    8. Bone Catch the chicken.

    9. Boiling some sugar with a glass of water and add 2-3 spoons of butter, sa􀃗ron and some chicken water and rile them together very well.

    10. From before soak pistachio and almond in the water.

    11. Peeling their skin after pistachio and almond soaked very well.

    12. Chop them in _ne shape.

    13. Make the orange peel in slice shape and boil it in the water for some minutes.

    14. Empty the bitter water of the orange peel (do this work for several times until orange peel doesn’t have the bitter taste).

    15. Pour orange peel for one hour in the cold water (do this work for several times either).

    16. At the end cook orange peel with 3 spoons of sugar and _nally empty its water.

    17. Rinse rice.

    18. Pour oil and little hot water at the bottom of the pot and add half of the rinsed rice to them. Strew parts of chicken on rice.

    19. Pour rice on the chicken.

    20. This is the time that you must pour half of orange peel, almond and pistachio on the rice and cover them all with rice.

    21. Pour chicken water and sugar that they prepared before on all the rice.

    22. Cover the door of the pot with the cloth and put it on the pot.

    23. Give the heat to the pot for 30 minutes.

    24. The food is preparing to serve.

    25. Pour Shirin Polo in the dish.

    26. Now mix remaining pistachio, almond, and orange peel together and cover Shirin Polo with this tasty mixture.

    27. You can even don’t mix them together and pour each of them separately on the rice.

    28. If you want you can add barberry and slices of cooked carrot to this mixture and decorate your food with them.

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.