Coming to this week's theme, I selected to do Cooking with Flower - Pick one and make many. I thought Saffron would be the aptest choice, given that I am hardly adventurous. 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 a 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 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
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.