Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sweet Saffron Rice

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Sweet saffron rice can be prepared as an offering to Lord Ganesh. It needs few ingredients, usually available in your pantry. Enjoy this simple yet flavorful recipe to start the festivities.

  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter) - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Saffron - 12 strands
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1
  • Black pepper corn - 4
  • Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp
  • Raisins - 1/4 cup
  • Almonds - 1/4 cup (or any nuts of your choice)
  1. Wash and soak rice in water for an hour.
  2. Soak saffron strands in 2 tbsp milk in a bowl. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  3. In a pan, heat ghee on medium low flame. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom powder, black pepper corns. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add raisins and almonds to it. Sauté for 2 more minutes. Keep aside.
  5. In a large vessel, boil rice in 3 cups of water till almost done. Add 1 tbsp ghee to prevent rice from sticking together. Drain off the excess water and spread the rice to cool down.
  6. Add the above spice mix to the cooked rice. Also add sugar and dissolved saffron. Mix gently.
  7. Cover it and cook on low flame for 10 minutes. Saffron rice is ready to be served.
Garnish sweet saffron rice with sliced almonds and saffron strands. Enjoy as dessert after a meal.

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