Saffron Rice with Fruits and Nuts

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Saffron Rice with Fruits and Nuts
Saffron Rice

This Persian inspired S
affron Rice studded with lightly sautéed dried fruits and nuts is a showstopper of a dish. Not as fancy or time consuming as a biryani, this special dish is just perfect for any festive occasion and even as an offering / prasad as it has no onions or garlic.

I love how bejewelled this rice dish looks from the green of the pistachios, the reds of the cranberries and the plumped up raisins!

Tips to making a perfect saffron rice:

  1. Use pure saffron powder or gently toasted saffron strands powdered with some granulated sugar in a small mortar-pestle.
  2. Use fragrant long grain basmati rice.
  3. Use good quality ghee to toast the dried fruit and nuts, as well as the rice for the best flavour.

[TIP: Keep nuts like cashews and almonds in sealed bags in the freezer to make them last longer and prevent them from turning rancid.]

What can you serve saffron rice with? Any spicy curry will pair well with this mild saffron rice.

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Saffron Rice with Fruits and Nuts
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Recipe for Saffron Rice with dried fruits and nuts | Saffron, Fruit and Nut Pilaf | Saffron Recipes This Persian inspired Saffron Rice studded with lightly sautéed dried fruits and nuts is a showstopper of a dish. Not as fancy or time consuming as a biryani, this special dish is just perfect for any...

Saffron Rice with Fruits and Nuts

Summary

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  • Coursemain course
  • Cuisineindian
  • Yield4 servings 4 serving
  • Cooking Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Preparation Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M
  • Passive Time30 minutes

Ingredients

Long grained basmati rice
1 cup
Ghee
1 tbsp
Chopped almonds
2 tbsps
Chopped pistachios
2 tbsps
Chopped cashewnuts
2 tbsps
Chopped chopped cranberries
2 tbsps
Raisins
2 tbsps
Green cardamoms
2
Bay leaf
1
Sticks cinnamon
2
Cloves
6
Salt
½ tsp
Water
2 cups
Sachet saffron powder
½
Milk
1 tbsp

Steps

  1. To prepare the saffron rice, wash the rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add the chopped nuts and dried fruit. Saute on medium flame until cashews are golden brown and raisins are puffed up. Using a slotted spoon, remove from ghee and keep aside.
  3. In the remaining ghee, add the cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon and cloves. Stir for 1 minute or so until the cinnamon unfurls and cloves are puffed up.
  4. Drain the rice and add to the pan. Toast the rice with the spices on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add 2 cups water and salt. Bring this to a boil.
  6. Once the water is boiling, reduce flame, cover with a lid and allow to cook for 8 minutes or until the rice is nearly cooked.
  7. Whisk the saffron powder in the milk and tip it into the nearly cooked rice.
  8. Gently toss the rice in the saffron milk until it gets a uniformly golden hue. Remove the pan from the flame.
  9. Mix half the fruit-nut mix into the rice.
  10. Remove this onto a platter. Garnish with the leftover fruit-nut mix.
    Serve with a spicy curry.

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