Saffron Rice | Saffron Pulao ~ Step by Step

>>  Sunday, June 10, 2012

We are starting the second week of Blogging Marathon # 17. I don't know about others, but I was missing the pressure of making and posting 7 different posts. Three sounds so simple and the days fly before I could even settled! I am yet to get the feedback from the group, if they are fine with this, I guess I am ok.

Coming to this week's theme, I selected to do Cooking with Flower - Pick one and make many. I thought Saffron would be the most apt choice, given that I am hardly adventeous. Though we do use saffron in our cooking, it's mostly added very sparingly. When I decided on this theme, I thought I must use little bit more and enjoy the taste.

I had already made Saffron Rice in Microwave for the Microwave Rice edition. However today's recipe uses more spices and dum cooked for a different effect.
Saffron Rice
Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice | Saffron Pulao

Soaking Time for Rice : 15- 20 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins


Basmati Rice - 2 cup
Water - 2 & 1/2 cups
Warm Milk - 1/2 cup
Saffron threads - 10 strands (Big pinch)
Butter - 2 tsp
Bay leaf - 3 big pieces
Dagad Phool / Pathar Phool / Biryani Flower / Rathi puvvu /Black Stone Flower - 2
Nagkesar / Nagkeshar - 2
Star Anise
Clove - 4
Cinnamon - 2"
Cardamon - 3
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method to prepare

Wash and soak the rice in water for 15 - 20 mins.

Soak the saffron strands in warm milk.

Heat a non stick pan with butter, add all the whole spices, saute for couple of mins.

Drain the rice from water, add the rice to the pan, saute well. Cook for couple of mins.

Add the water and bring to boil. Simmer and cover with lid.

Cook for 10 mins, then place a tawa, and on it place the pan, add the saffron mixed milk.

Cover tightly and cook for 5 more mins.

Fluff well and switch off

Serve with gravy.
Saffron Pulao

I served this with Channa Masala, Methi Poori and the rest!


Priya June 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

Definitely am loving this BM 3days concept Valli, saffron pulao are always my H favourite,super flavourful dish.

Shobha June 10, 2012 at 2:58 AM  

Nice and flavourful pulao..

Usha June 10, 2012 at 4:43 AM  

Valli, although I did not do the first week of the marathon with you all, I was thinking about the same. will we get the thrill of a marathon in three days? I start my marathon on Sunday and will let you know how I feel about it.

Saffron rice looks flavorful and delicious!

Nirmala Gurunathan June 10, 2012 at 7:46 AM  

I just love Saffron rice ....Looks very flavourful!!!!!

Chef Mireille June 10, 2012 at 8:02 AM  

funny I don't think of saffron as a flower but a spice, but you are right it is.
this way of BM is definitely more relaxed

DivyaGCP June 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM  

Delicious Saffron rice.
Feels really good to take part in this blogging marathon.
3 day marathon is simple. Doesn't really make you explore much in the chosen theme. But the best part is keeps u in active blogging through out the month.

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deep krishna June 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM  

Love this flavorful rice..And accompaniments are simply awesome!

The Pumpkin Farm June 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

Lovely looking rice...has come out very well....3 days indeed fly off..but atleast we are connected throughout the month..will tell u more by the end of this month

Supriya's Rasoi June 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

Love the look!

PJ June 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM  

Flavorful rice.Love the aroma of saffron when this rice is getting cooked. I make this in the MW will try the dum method...

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi June 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM  

A flavorful rice indeed!

PriyaVaasu June 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

Methi Puri and Saffron Pulao, Must have been a Flavorful Lunch,!!!!

Amruta Pore June 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM  

Super like.. authentic .. just loved it.. wll try soon

Sangeetha June 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM  

I agree with Divya! Love the new format, less tension, less strain n could easily come up with 3 recipes under the chosen theme...i love this n it's more convenient to me !!
Saffron Pulso sounds very rich n delicious...

Jayanthi June 11, 2012 at 2:52 AM  

Oooh ...Valli ...wonderful pick for cooking with flowers theme. Love Saffron and the richness it gives to the food. Nice idea to make pulao, should try it. Good one!!!

Nalini's Kitchen June 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM  

Such a flavorful rice,looks so delicious and inviting....

A Kamalika Krishmy June 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM  

Very flavorful rice..

sushma June 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM  

NIce and flavorful

Suma Gandlur June 13, 2012 at 6:12 AM  

3 day marathon definitely sounds simple. It is less stressful in terms of visiting other blogs and commenting since I don't do it immediately. :)
Lovely rice and thali too.

veena krishnakumar June 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM  

I love this use of saffron in the rice!!!

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