Saffron and Cardamom Rice Recipe

Saffron and Cardamom Rice Recipes

Ingredients :

225g (7.5 oz) basmati rice

15g (1/2 oz) unsalted butter

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 dried red chilies

6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 bay leaves

1 tsp saffron threads, soaked in 1 tbsp hot milk

475ml (16 fl oz) boiling water

salt and pepper

To garnish -

crispy fried onions

Method :

Wash the rice in several changes of cold water, drain well and set aside.

Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and add the onion. Stir and cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the chilies, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin and bay leaves.

Add the rice to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the saffron mixture and boiling water, season with salt and pepper and bring back to the boil. Cover tightly, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and leave the rice to stand, covered and undisturbed, for 10 minutes. Fluff up the grains of rice with a fork and serve garnished with crispy fried onions.

Serves 4

Flavored with the aromatic spices cardamom and saffron, this fragrant rice dish makes a delicious centerpiece for any Indian meal.

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