Fragrant Delight: Saffron Rice Recipe for a Flavorsome Meal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 2 tbsp warm milk
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 green cardamom pods
  • 4-5 whole cloves
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)



  • Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, then drain.
  • In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in warm milk and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until it becomes translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves to the pan. Sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the drained rice to the pan and stir well to coat the grains with the ghee and spices.
  • Pour in the water and add salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid. Cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender and all the water is absorbed.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes. This will allow the rice to steam and fluff up.
  • Drizzle the saffron-infused milk over the cooked rice and gently mix it in to create a beautiful golden hue.
  • Remove the whole spices (cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves) from the rice.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer it to a serving dish. Garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.

Serve the aromatic Saffron Rice as a delightful side dish to complement your favorite Indian curries or enjoy it as a standalone flavorful meal.

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