Red Rice Recipe

Red rice recipe for Armenian or Persian Lunch or dinner.

Also known as Garmir Pilaf or Karmir Pilav in Armenian language, and Polo Ghermez or loobia polo in Persian (Farsi).

There are few ways to cook this but it all starts from the rice itself, and this is the easiest way without slow cooker and it takes abut 45 minutes.

Some people like to add Ground beef, stew meat or chicken, Green beans, or combination of both, or you can leave it just as a simple rice and serve it with yogurt or crumbled Feta.

Red rice or Gharmir pilaf


1 Small Onion, finely chopped
6 Tbs Vegetable Oil
A pinch of Ground Pepper
Salt for taste
Turmeric (2 pinches)
Rice (4 cups) (Basmati Rice Recommended)
Tomato paste (1 small cans)


Wash and rinse the rice.
Heat the oil in a large pot on high flame or heat.

(Optional:you may cook meat in same pot... saute onions add meat and cook until done)
if cooking only rice...saute onion
Add salt 1/2 tsp, pepper, Turmeric, tomato sauce about 5-6 cups of water.
(optional: Add can of Green beans, or cooked fresh beans)
Add all of above with washed and rinsed rice in the same pot, and lower the heat.
Stir every few minutes to prevent from sticking.
When all the water boils away it's almost ready, leave the lid on and let it stay on very low heat for another 15 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy.

Microwave instruction for Red rice recipe

Also I have made this dish in the microwave and had great success!

Wash 2 cups of rice and place in microwave safe casserole dish
add 2 1/2 cups water mixed with 3/4 of a small tomato paste can ( add less for your taste),
salt and pepper and 1/2 a cup oil and turmeric to dish
cover with plastic wrap leaving a small portion open to vent
microwave on high for about 16-18 minutes stirring every 8 minutes (no water should remain visible)
Then microwave on thaw for another 10 minutes or so..

**Microwave times will vary, please check manufacturer's directions for cooking times

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