Sublime Saffron Rice with Cardamom

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The simplicity and elegance of basmati rice is clearly understated as evidenced by this lovely rice dish that will surely be a staple in my kitchen now. Simmered with cardamom and cloves and seasoned with delicate saffron threads, this fragrant and delicious rice pairs perfectly with hot legume curries, adding a mellow touch to the meal but shining all by itself. This dish speaks to the palate and was served with black-eyed peas with potatoes and tamarind and a lovely and refreshing avocado salad. Nothing else needs to be said.

Sublime Saffron Rice with CardamonSublime Saffron Rice with Cardamon
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on August 31, 2012

Simple, elegant and fragrant saffron rice with cardamom and cloves

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 to 20 minutes

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  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2/3 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream, milk, yogurt or coconut milk
  • Thoroughly rinse the rice in a strainer under cold running water. Transfer to a medium bowl, add 2 cups of water, and let soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain the rice, reserving the soaking liquid, and let air dry in the strainer for 15 to 20 minutes, tossing the grains frequently.

  • Add the water, rice, cardamom, cloves and turmeric to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes.

  • While the rice is cooking, combine the saffron and cream, milk, yogurt or coconut milk and salt in a small saucepan and gently heat. After the cooked rice has sat for a few minutes, fluff with a fork and then stir in the saffron mixture. Let the rice stand for another 5 minutes and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings

Other delightful rice dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Baked Italian Brown Rice Balls (Arancini)
Chickpea and Brown Rice Patties
Tamarind and Coconut Pulao Rice
Mushroom Pulao Rice

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Chitra said...

Nice color. simple and yum

Dipti said...

hey thanks for sharing this simple and fast recipe...thanks for sharing it..
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