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Shirin Plov (Sweet Rice Pilaf)

Shirin Plov from Azerbaijan
Shirin Plov is a traditional Azerbaijani dish that is often served at weddings, festivals, and other special occasions. It’s a sweet and aromatic rice dish made with saffron, dried fruits, and nuts, giving it a rich and flavorful taste.

We originally added a Shirin Plov recipe to this website back in February 2016. Sadly we can’t find any references for where we found the inspiration, so figured it’s best to update and hand over the reins to the experts!

What we do remember – Shirin Plov was very tasty. Dried fruits aren’t usually our bag, nor is sweet rice, but there’s a reason this has been around for centuries.

The dish has been influenced by the various cultures and empires that have ruled the region over time, including the Persian, Ottoman, and Russian empires. Nowadays, this traditional Azerbaijani dish is served at special occasions… and what’s more special than Eurovision? 


This website has great, easy-to-follow recipes from Azerbaijan. This Shirin Plov uses raisins and apricots, and explains how to achieve Qazmaq – the crust made at the bottom of the pot when the rice is steamed. 


A concise Shirin Plov recipe with raisins, apricots, plums, dates and chestnuts