Tahchin Persian Savory Upside Down Saffron Cake Recipe

03.12.19 /

Tahchin is cultural astounding looking delicious traditional Persian rice dish full of saffron, nuts, barberries and great flavors. It is usually served with chicken in tomato sauce; simple and perfect for a family meal. 

This tahchin recipe is simple and perfect for a family meal brought to you by by Shadi at The Unicorns in the Kitchen

Watch the video HERE

Tahchin is a combination of two words: Tah+Chin. “Tah” means bottom and “chin” means arrange. 


Saffron Rice Cake


To Top:


1. Prepare rice by washing until the water runs clear.

  1. Pour water in a large pot, bring to boil.
  2. Add rice to the boiling water, cook for 10 minutes until the rice is soft on the outside but firm on the inside. 
  3. Drain the rice, set aside in a bowl. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat an oven safe dish (8X8) with nonstick spray. 
  5. Place yogurt, oil and eggs and salt in a large bowl whisk until combined. 
  6. Add in par cooked rice. mix well. Add in bloomed saffron. Mix well. 
  7. Pour into the oven safe dish, cover with aluminum foil and poke holes into the aluminum foil using a fork.  
  8. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. The dish is ready once it’s fully cooked and stuck together. 

Meanwhile, prepare the barberries.

  1. Heat a small pan over medium low heat. Melt the butter in the pan. 
  2. Add in barberries, stir until coated with butter. 
  3. Add in sugar and rose water. Stir well. 
  4. Barberries are ready once they’re shiny. 

To Serve:

  1. Once the Tahchin in ready, flip it into a plate and top it with barberries, slivered almond and slivered pistachios. 
  2. Serve plain or with chicken in tomato rice. 

Watch how to make this wonderful dish here

The golden color of this saffron rice cake is because of bloomed saffron which makes it so aromatic and full of flavor.

Parya Zaghand

While I think of myself as an Aussie, I’m also proud as punch of my Iranian heritage. So much so, in 2013, I created a business built around the mouth-watering delicacies of Persia; bringing you flavours of the real Iran. I wanted to create a space at the table for the golden-petaled spice: Persian Saffron.