“Baghali Polo with Mahiche” as is called in Iran is a traditional dish with a special place among Iranian people. This dish was added to the lists of royal foods and was served for the royals from Safavid period, about 500 years ago.
In spring when fava beans or broad beans appear in the markets in their green pods people buy huge bags to shell and freeze for the rest of the year. Fresh dill (or dill weed) has a lovely aroma when steamed with rice and is thought to “balance” the nutrition properties of broad beans.
For this recipe I suggest using lamb, but you can use lamb neck or ribs instead of shanks depending on your taste. The most important thing is that the meat should have bones with it. Yes! it does have an effect on the taste of the meat. Also chicken shanks can be used but the result will surely have different taste and appearance.