Saffron Rice is one of the most loved and handy recipes with common ingredients easily available in the kitchen. It's a traditional Indian dish made with the goodness of desi ghee. It's also served as Prasad on many festivals especially Navratri.
1 cup Basmati Rice
½ cup Milk
½ tsp Saffron Strands
8-10 Cashews, cut in half
½ cup green peas
5-6 cardamom pods (Elaichi), broken
2 small Cinnamon sticks
2 Green Chilies, slit
4-5 whole Peppercorns
2 small Bay leaves
1 tbsp Amrutam desi ghee
Salt to taste
1 ½ cup of Water
Wash and soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes.
Warm the ½ cup of milk and add the saffron strands. Let it simmer for 5 minutes till the color develops.
In a big vessel heat Amrutam ghee, add cardamom, bay leaf, peppercorns, green chilies, cinnamon sticks, cashews, and raisins.
Saute the dry fruits well for about a minute.
Then add soaked rice, carrots, and peas, saute for another 2 minutes. The rice grains should be nicely coated with ghee.
Mix together saffron milk, water, and add in the rice.
Season the rice with salt according to your taste and cook on medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes. The water quantity is very crucial as an excess of it can make the rice extra soft.
Garnish with few saffron strands and fresh coriander.
Serve hot with raita and pickle.
To prepare saffron milk, soak a few threads of saffron in 2 tbsp of warm milk for 10 minutes.
Ready saffron milk available at your nearest store will work, too.
For an enhanced flavour, just add another tbsp of saffron milk.
The subtle yellow color and the soothing smell of meetha pulao makes it a treat to all our senses. Amrutam desi cow ghee enhances the dish by its nutty flavor and aroma. It is free from machine and chemicals, is the complete package of health and taste in a jar. Order your jar of ghee today!