Alternative namesTahcheen, tah-chin
TypeRice dish
Place of origin Iran (Persia)
Region or stateSemnan, Tehran, Fars
Main ingredientsRice, chicken fillet, yogurt, saffron, egg

Tahchin (Persian: ته چین ) is an Iranian rice dish primarily consisting of rice, yogurt, saffron, eggs and finally barberries (Persian: زرشک, romanizedzereshk) are sprinkled on top.[1] Some versions of the dish are more elaborate, folding in chicken fillets, vegetables, fish, or red meat.[2]


Tachin translates from Persian as “arranged on the bottom”.[3] Tahchin is composed of two different parts: the thin part which includes the chicken fillets, saffron, and other ingredients at the bottom of the cooking pot, and the second part which is white rice. In restaurants, tahchin is mostly prepared and served without white rice.


Tahchin can be cooked in various ways such as:

Tahchin is usually cooked either in a dutch oven style pot, or a glass baking dish and can be cooked either in the oven or on the stove.


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  3. ^ "Tachin Ba Morgh (Saffron Yogurt "Cake" With Chicken)". Epicurious. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
  4. ^ a b Park, Jenny (2020-04-16). "Spiced Chicken Topped Tahchin". Spoon Fork Bacon. Retrieved 2022-10-18.
  5. ^ "Eggplant Tachin". Jewish Food Society. 2021-10-14. Retrieved 2023-12-01.
  6. ^ Republic, Food (2014-10-20). "Tahchin Time: Persian Spinach Upside-Down Rice Recipe". Food Republic. Retrieved 2022-10-18.