Saffron Rice

Last night we travelled to Nepal for the next stop of our culinary journey around the world. I made a chickpea curry (which I didn’t think was the greatest) & tandoori chicken with saffron rice

As saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, due to the fact that it take hundreds of thousands of the saffron crocus to make just a pound of the spice, some people substitute turmeric. Although turmeric will add a similar yellow colour, it can’t replicate saffron’s distinctive flavour

Serves: 4-6

  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron Threads
  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Green Cardamom Pods – crushed
  • 4 Black Cardamom Pods – crushed
  • 4 whole Cloves
  • 1″ stick Cinnamon – halved
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Rinse & drain rice

Rub saffron threads between your fingers to crush them & place them in a mortar & pestle or small bowl with 2 tbsp of warm water. Mix with pestle or spoon until the saffron is thoroughly dissolved

Heat the clarified butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the bay leaves, cardamom, cloves & cinnamon & sauté until fragrant. slightly puffed & beginning to brown, don’t let them burn!

Add rice & continue to sauté, stirring constantly until it is slightly translucent, about 2 minutes

Add 3 3/4 cups of cold water & the salt & bring it to a rapid boil, uncovered, stirring gently from time to time

Once at a full boil, reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting, cover & simmer until the liquid has all been absorbed & the rice is tender, about 15-20 minutes

Uncover, pour the saffron infused water over the rice & replace the lid, you do not need to stir the rice

Remove from the heat & allow the rice to rest, covered, for 5-10 minutes

Uncover, fluff gently & serve immediately. The rice will be partly white & partly yellow

Saffron Rice


About intheiversonkitchen

My husband, James & I have been married since 2007 & have 4 little ones, Rhys, Anwyn, Llewelyn & Aled. I love to cook & love to try new dishes, so decided to share with the world what happens in my kitchen & in other areas of my home. I hope you enjoy! Please feel free to make comments or suggestions, I welcome them all!
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