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 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:
- Use pure saffron powder or gently toasted saffron strands powdered with some granulated sugar in a small mortar-pestle.
- Use fragrant long grain basmati rice.
- 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.
You can also check out these rice dishes on my blog –