Thursday, May 13, 2010

Saffron Pulao

An aromatic rice variety suitable for any spicy-hot curry.

Basmati rice - 2 cups
onion - 1/2 cup (thinly sliced in lengthwise)
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Kali jeera - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaves - 2
cinnamon - 1 inch
cardamom - 2
clove - 2
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Milk - 3/4 cup
Saffron - 2 pinches
cilantro and mint leaves - a handful

Wash the rice twice in water. Soak it in water (just enough to immerse) for half an hour.

Add salt + enough water to just immerse the rice and microwave or cook the rice to 50% (Let the rice be very firm now). Drain and discard the excess water, using a colander.

Heat ghee in a wok / vessel and fry the onions to golden brown. Take it out.

In the same wok add the bay leaves, kali jeera, cardamom, clove, cinnamon and saute for a few seconds. (We can add cashews, raisins and slivered almond too).

Now add the half cooked rice. In the same time bring milk to a boil along with the saffron strands.

Pour the colored milk over the rice , add the fried onion and a few more strands of saffron. The ratio of milk and rice should be such that each and every grain of rice should get a milk coating , but not any milk other than that. This lesser moisture helps in getting a stiff pilaf.Close the lid and let the rice gets completely cooked (grains should be separate). The pifaf will get more yellow color in some grains that gets direct contact with the saffron . Garnish with finely chopped mint, cilantro leaves while serving.

Saffron pulao is ready!

Serving suggestions:
Serve along with any spicy-hot curry.
The above said quantity can be enough for 3 adults.


FH said...

Must be very fragrant, looks lovely.

Ash said...

Very tempting prep & that capture adds that extra zing to it.... I love rice delicacies..... forever..... Hugs)))


Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful pulao, looks awesome..

divya said...

very tempting and delicious.....

Malar said...

this pulav makes me hungry :)
I made sweater by knittin n hat and shoe are crochet dear..thanks for ur valuable comment..

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Lovely fragrant rice looks sooo delicious,..

Suja Manoj said...

Nice aromatic pulao..i would love to have this with spicy chicken curr

Nithu Bala said...

Awesome pulao..great click..

Vikis Kitchen said...

Thank you friends!
Malar: Thanks for sharing the techniques dear. You are very talented. They look adorable.I just know crochet and yet to attempt knitting:)

Soma Pradhan said...

Another yummy dish of rice....too tempting yaar

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I can smell the aroma of this aromatic rice from here :-)Looks delicious dear

Hamaree Rasoi

Sushma Mallya said...

Very aromatic and lovely pulao

Chitra said...

very nice viki..have bookmarked .. will try for sure :)

Life is beautiful !!! said...

This will taste wonderful with hot, hot chicken curry...wonderful!!!

SathyaSridhar said...

Viki, enna ore enakku pidicha recipes aave poettu varenga nalla kalakareenga paa enakku thakali biryani rombha pidichurukku atha naan seiyanum oru naal ippo pulao nalla fluffy ah irukku.

Niloufer Riyaz said...

truly aromatic, very very tasty

Hari Chandana P said...

simple and yummy pulao... looks too good.. :)

Saju Sharfu said...

very fragrant rice..lovely!

Malar Gandhi said...

Aromatic it with spicy curry.:)

Unknown said...

easy pulao and looks yummy..Addition of saffron will surely add exta flavour