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Easy saffron rice – the healthy maven

Spice up your rice with this delicious and easy saffron rice recipe. Made with basmati rice, high quality saffron threads and broth, you will never go back to your basic and boring rice recipe again.

The other day I was chatting with my friend Sahar about how much we love saffron. To be honest, we were talking about this more in the context of skin care (especially this saffron face serum) but Sahar taught me how saffron is often used in skin and hair care products in Pakistan and India. It made me think of one of my favorite saffron recipes, Easy Saffron Rice, which I made all the time.

A little secret for you: One of the reasons I stopped making saffron rice so often was that when we moved to California I couldn’t just go to Mama Maven to steal some of her. saffron. Because in case you didn’t know saffron is expensive and in my early twenties I could still justify my purchases from my parents’ pantry.

But now I’m a full-fledged adult and I really can’t justify it anymore. So I bought a small amount of saffron from an ethical company called Rumi. I was 100% influenced by the name, but luckily the product holds up and now saffron rice is back on the meal plan.

The history of saffron rice

Saffron rice is a common dish in many parts of the world. Most often it is used in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other parts of South Asia. It is also found in Persian cuisine in the Middle East and even in other parts of Asia, such as Thai cuisine (where it is made with jasmine rice and mixed with fish sauce).

Traditionally, it is made with white basmati rice and can be found in both sweet and savory versions.

What is saffron? Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus. Good quality saffron has an earthy and floral flavor. It may taste a bit sweet to some. Poor quality saffron can taste bitter, so avoid the cheap stuff if you can.

What you need for saffron rice

  • Basmati rice – stick to white basmati rice or white jasmine rice if that’s all you have
  • Chicken stock – you can also use vegetable broth if vegan or vegetarian
  • Olive oil
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric
  • Sea salt

Tips for cooking with saffron

1. Invest in good quality saffron – saffron can be a bit expensive but it is important to invest in good quality saffron. The fake stuff doesn’t have the real aromatic flavors and just isn’t worth it. Also look to buy fair trade from parts of the world where saffron is commonly grown – 90% of saffron is grown in Iran these days.

2. A little goes a long way – although saffron can be expensive, a little is enough so that you do not need to buy a lot.

3. Always soak your saffron in hot waterr – this helps release the aromatic flavors which are then infused into your saffron rice.

How to make saffron rice

STEP 1: Add the saffron to the mortar and using a pestle, grind the saffron until it reaches a powdery consistency. Add your 1/4 cup of hot water directly to the pestle and stir to combine. Put aside.

2ND STEP: Put your chicken or vegetable broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the broth is boiling, add your saffron / water mixture, olive oil, turmeric and salt. Mix well. Add the rice and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a boil and cover tightly with a lid. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.

STEP 3: Turn off the heat and let the rice stand, covered with a lid, for 5-10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove the lid and peel the rice with a fork.

What to accompany with saffron rice

There are so many ways to use your saffron rice. You can replace your usual rice recipe or combine it with one of these delicious recipes listed below.

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Easy saffron rice

Spice up your rice with this delicious and easy saffron rice recipe. Made with basmati rice, high quality saffron threads and broth, you will never go back to your basic and boring rice recipe again.

  • Author: Davida lederle
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 portions 1X
  • Category: Side
  • Method: to cook
  • Cooked: Persian
  • Diet: Gluten free
  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 3 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron thread (+ 1/4 cup Hot water)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea ​​salt

  1. Add the saffron to the mortar and using a pestle, grind the saffron until it reaches a powdery consistency.
  2. Add your 1/4 cup of hot water directly to the pestle and stir to combine. Put aside.
  3. Put your chicken or vegetable broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  4. Once the broth is boiling, add your saffron / water mixture, olive oil, turmeric and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add the rice and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a boil and cover tightly with a lid.
  6. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand, covered with a lid, for 5 to 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Remove the lid and peel the rice with a fork.

Keywords: saffron rice, turmeric rice, yellow rice

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