Ah, saffron, basmati, rice – the holy trinity of deliciousness! Nothing beats the smell of fragrant basmati rice with a few strands of saffron. It’s a simple dish, yet it can transport us to another country with just one bite.
And let’s not forget the health benefits – basmati rice is low in calories and nutrients, while saffron is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
So the next time you’re in need of some comfort food, make a batch of saffron basmati rice and bask in its glory. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you for it!
You will need:
2 medium-sized onions
2 basmati rice
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the ingredients. Our first ingredient is of course rice.
I use basmati rice, which is essential for this recipe; Wash 2 cups of rice thoroughly and soak it in water for at least half an hour. I crush the saffron and soak it in hot milk for about an hour. By soaking in saffron, we get the colour so bright yellow, exactly the colour we want in our saffron rice and 2 tablespoons of ghee. And of course salt to taste.
Heat the pan and add about two tablespoons of oil.
First roast the cashews and then the onions and finally, we will move on to making the rice. Let the cashews cook for a minute or two until they turn a light brown colour. The cashews should be slightly brown after frying. Now in the same pan. Add onion. They are golden brown, take them off the heat. In the same pan, add 2 tablespoons of clarified ghee. Add whole spices; bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and cumin.
Once the spices are fragrant, add the rice. The rice was fried for a minute. And if notice, it’s time to add water. So for two cups of rice. Use 4 cups of water, double the amount of your rice. Salt is of course to taste.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Add the cashews. Mix lightly and cover. The rice is now almost cooked. Add fried onions, coriander leaves and saffron on top. And cover and cook for another three minutes, remove the lid and check if it’s done. All the water has evaporated and now we turn off the gas and let it stand for another three to four minutes. Serve with chicken or vegetables.
Saffron – Property – Sweet, neutral; liver and heart meridians entered. Actions – Activate blood and resolve blood stasis, relieve melancholy and alleviate pain. Indications – Amenorrhea, traumatic injury, hematemesis, abdominal pain due to blood stasis after delivery, palpitation, absent-mindedness, typhoid, melancholy, chest distension. Cations – It is contraindicated to pregnant women.
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