Inspired by the Persian herbed-rice dish sabzi polo, this turmeric-tinted soup is bursting with spinach, parsley, and dill. The rice and diced potatoes absorb some of the liquid, giving this brothy soup more body. Yogurt, a cumin-infused oil, and a squeeze of lemon are the welcome and essential finishing touches to this healthy comforting dish. 

Martha Stewart Living, May 2022


Credit: Con Poulos

Recipe Summary

25 mins
60 mins
Serves 4 to 6


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  • Cook 2 tablespoons oil and cumin seeds in a small skillet over medium, swirling pan, until seeds are fragrant, darkened slightly in color, and sizzling, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl; let cool completely. (Oil can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.)

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium; swirl in remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Add shallots and garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir in rice, potato, and turmeric; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Season with salt, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until flavors meld and potato and rice are cooked and very tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in spinach, herbs, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Ladle into bowls. Whisk yogurt and spoon into the soup, along with cumin-seed oil and more herbs and lemon juice; serve.