Saffron rice

Turn a simple plain rice into aromatic and delicious rice dish by adding some ghee , whole garam masala and saffron. The color , the fragrance and the taste will surely make you fall in love with saffron rice. A good brand basmati rice is much recommended for this recipe. Serve it with veg/ non veg curry and salad.

Preparation time : 30 minutes of soaking the rice

Cooking time : 10 minutes.

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • Basmati rice – 2 cups
  • Ghee/ butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Cloves – 4
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 inch
  • Green cardamom – 4
  • Star anise – 1
  • Saffron strands – a generous pinch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 4 cups

Method :

  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for minimum 30 minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a pot or cooker. Add all garam masalas, saute for 30 seconds, add water.
  • When the water is hot add saffron and salt.
  • When water is about to boil , add drained rice. Mix gently. Close the lid.
  • If using cooker, then cook on high for 1 whistle and let the pressure settle. open the lid, fluff the rice gently with fork and close the lid without weight. Serve after 5 minutes.
  • If using pot, then close the lid, cook on medium flame for 10 minute or till water is absorbed. Open the lid, fluff the rice gently. close the lid for 5 minutes.

Garnish the saffron rice with golden fried onions, cashews, raisins and serve with Non veg curry like Butter chicken, Methi Chicken or veg curries like Matar paneer etc.

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