Inspired by the Persian dish tahdig, this skillet rice cake gets especially crisp as it cooks. A layer of potatoes is cooked on the bottom of the rice, then the cake is flipped to serve so the potatoes are on the top.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2015


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine rice and 2 teaspoons salt in a medium saucepan. Stir saffron into 2 cups water, then stir into rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, until rice has absorbed all water, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes (rice will not be completely cooked). Let cool completely. Stir in egg white, then cherries.

  • Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium. Swirl in oil, then arrange potato slices, overlapping slightly, in a circular pattern to cover bottom. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 15 minutes; remove from heat.

  • Top potatoes with rice mixture, pressing down in an even layer. Make several holes in rice mixture (to allow steam to escape). Wrap a kitchen towel around lid, cover skillet, and cook over low heat until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen, then invert onto a platter, cut into wedges, and serve.