Monday, 22 October 2007

Saffron Rice

Apart from Jeera Rice, Saffron Rice or Kesar Chawal goes well with the wide variety of spicy Indian dishes. It is also very appealing to the eye, with its pleasant color.
As someone rightly said "White rice is nice, but yellow saffron rice is stunning".

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Saffron Rice



There have been many versions of Saffron Rice, from the day Think Spice... Think Saffron was announced :) And now this is the time for my version :)

Ingredients:
Basmati rice: 1 cup
Water: 2 cups
Saffron: 1/2 tsp
Cloves: 4 - 5
Cardamom: 2
Cumin: 1 tsp
Cashews: 1 Tbsp
Salt: to taste
Milk: 2 Tbsp
Curry Leaves: a few
Ghee: 1 Tbsp
Edible Saffron Color or Turmeric : a pinch (optional)

How I did it:
  1. Steep Saffron in warm milk for a few mins.
  2. Cook rice with water, cardamom, cloves, salt. Add even the saffron and milk and turmeric or color(if using).
  3. Take ghee in a small kadai and add cashews after golden, add jeera and curry leaves.
  4. Add this to the cooked rice.
  5. Serve hot!

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Saffron Rice


And the Verdict:
It is a nice substitute for the routine jeera rice or ghee rice. Saffron adds the rich flavor and color.
I served this with butter chicken, and it was a nice combination!!

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Saffron Rice with Butter Chicken


Food Event:
This is my entry for the Think Spice : Saffron event being hosted by dear Sunita of Sunita's World.


34 comments:

Asha said...

I agree! Kesar rice is best with creamy Makhani dishes and looks so beautiful too! Great entry.Should have saved this post for RCI K Kashmir!:))

Happy cook said...

Love them. I am sure if you have guest and make both the rice and the butter chicken they will be pretty impressed.

Apple said...

Very nice n simple spanz...Loved your cute pans too..

Puspha said...

Lovely rice.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Thatz a nice looking bowl of Kesar rice Cinnamon.......Looks very tempting...btw,your pans look great :-)

easycrafts said...

thanks for the simple recipe...looks great

Padmaja said...

saffron rice with butter chicken!! wow now i say that is heavenly!!!
beautiful pictures cinammon

sunita said...

Saffron rice, and that too with butter chicken...that's soooo very tempting indeed...and those serving bowls look gorgeous too. Thanks for the entry.

Cinnamon said...

Asha.. Thank You :) I think I can get something nice for the RCI too :)
HappyCook, Yes, there is no doubt that the guests will be impressed!
Keerths, Thank You ra!
Pushpa, Thank You.
Sirisha, Thank You so much, I am glad u liked it.
EasyCrafts, ThankYou.
Padmaja, that is indeed heavenly :)
Sunitha, Thank You!

Laavanya said...

What a simple, yet flavorful rice.

Rina said...

That is one cool Kesar/Saffron Rice. Luv the Butter chicken too. Great recipes. Even great cool Snow layout..

DEEPA said...

wow!!!! excellent one ...yummy rice ...never made it at home ..will try it soon ..

Rajitha said...

love saffron rice...i think the aroma of the basmati with the saffron ...how shall i say....kicks butt ;)

Suganya said...

Same pinch ;)

Tee said...

i can just imagine the rich flavor and aroma of the saffron rice. Butter chicken and saffron rice ...Perfect...how i wish i could grab those bowls! :)

TBC said...

Saffron rice looks good. The new look of your blog is even better:-)

Nabeela said...

Can you believe I've never had saffron rice. I need to rectify that soon!

Raaga said...

yummy :)

Padma said...

Kesari Rice in that lovely pot looks so grand. I loved the combination with Butter Chicken. You are a great cook, would love to munch on that chicken one day.. what do u say?

SHANTI BHANU said...

the reice looks so good...so as ur presentation

Siri said...

Well said dear - " "White rice is nice, but yellow saffron rice is stunning".... I totally agree with after seeing ur lovely pics..:D

Prema Sundar said...

wow thats a great combo.. love to have this anytime.

Lissie said...

what a great combination! i know, it would taste really good.. :))

ramya said...

Sounds intresting.looking beautiful.

Shivapriya said...

Hey CT,
You have a nice blog and mouthwatering recipes. Loved reading your blog, especially "pure Hyderabadi" one:). Saffron rice looks delicious. Will keep visiting for updates.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Colour looks tempting to make it!!And as u hav said it will be a rich substitute for the regular ghee and jeera rice...:)Thanx fro the recipe!

Mishmash ! said...

yes that rich butter chicken will go well with this simple yet flavored rice....you can use cream too instead of milk, not that its going to make any big difference, but some slight change is there...

Swaroopa said...

gr8 recipe. truely nice variation for jeers rice. will try it.

Hima said...

I love saffron rice. I make it once in a while as saffron is pretty costly I don't want to run out of it ;-)

Superchef said...

this defenitely is stunning!!!

sagari said...

rice looks fresh and simple thanks for nice recipe

Linda said...

That saffron rice certainly looks beautiful! :)

Vcuisine said...

It's lovely Cinnamon. Viji

Tracy said...

Rice is such a comforting food! I always save and enjoy any recipes I find using rice.

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