This comment is from the author of Persian Sabzi Polo. I apologize for not telling you what to do with the oil. I usually first bring the water to boil, then add the rice and let it boil until the rice rises to the top. Then I drain the rice, add 2 or 3 Tablespoons of oil mixed with half a cup of water in the pot before I mix the other ingredients with the rice and put it back into the pot. Then I cook the rice on medium heat for 5 minutes and then reduce the heat and cook the rice for the remaining time already mentioned in the original recipe. I hope this helps in motivating more people to make this dish.
Viostars idea of mixing the oil with the rice and herbs is also good.
Note: You can use lima beans from the freezer section in your grocery store instead of fresh fava beans.
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This comment is from the author of Persian Sabzi Polo. I apologize for not telling you what...