Apart from Jeera Rice, Saffron Rice or Kesar Chawal goes well with the wide variety of spicy Indian dishes. It is also very appealing to the eye, with its pleasant color.
As someone rightly said “White rice is nice, but yellow saffron rice is stunning“.

Saffron Rice

There have been many versions of Saffron Rice, from the day Think Spice… Think Saffron was announced 🙂 And now this is the time for my version 🙂

Basmati rice: 1 cup
Water: 2 cups
Saffron: 1/2 tsp
Cloves: 4 – 5
Cardamom: 2
Cumin: 1 tsp
Cashews: 1 Tbsp
Salt: to taste
Milk: 2 Tbsp
Curry Leaves: a few
Ghee: 1 Tbsp
Edible Saffron Color or Turmeric : a pinch (optional)

How I did it:

  1. Steep Saffron in warm milk for a few mins.
  2. Cook rice with water, cardamom, cloves, salt. Add even the saffron and milk and turmeric or color(if using).
  3. Take ghee in a small kadai and add cashews after golden, add jeera and curry leaves.
  4. Add this to the cooked rice.
  5. Serve hot!


Saffron Rice

And the Verdict:
It is a nice substitute for the routine jeera rice or ghee rice. Saffron adds the rich flavor and color.
I served this with butter chicken, and it was a nice combination!!


Saffron Rice with Butter Chicken

Food Event:
This is my entry for the Think Spice : Saffron event being hosted by dear Sunita of Sunita’s World.


34 thoughts on “Saffron Rice”

  1. I agree! Kesar rice is best with creamy Makhani dishes and looks so beautiful too! Great entry.Should have saved this post for RCI K Kashmir!:))

  2. Love them. I am sure if you have guest and make both the rice and the butter chicken they will be pretty impressed.

  3. Thatz a nice looking bowl of Kesar rice Cinnamon…….Looks very tempting…btw,your pans look great 🙂

  4. Saffron rice, and that too with butter chicken…that’s soooo very tempting indeed…and those serving bowls look gorgeous too. Thanks for the entry.

  5. Asha.. Thank You 🙂 I think I can get something nice for the RCI too 🙂
    HappyCook, Yes, there is no doubt that the guests will be impressed!
    Keerths, Thank You ra!
    Pushpa, Thank You.
    Sirisha, Thank You so much, I am glad u liked it.
    EasyCrafts, ThankYou.
    Padmaja, that is indeed heavenly 🙂
    Sunitha, Thank You!

  6. i can just imagine the rich flavor and aroma of the saffron rice. Butter chicken and saffron rice …Perfect…how i wish i could grab those bowls! 🙂

  7. Kesari Rice in that lovely pot looks so grand. I loved the combination with Butter Chicken. You are a great cook, would love to munch on that chicken one day.. what do u say?

  8. Well said dear – ” “White rice is nice, but yellow saffron rice is stunning”…. I totally agree with after seeing ur lovely pics..:D

  9. Hey CT,
    You have a nice blog and mouthwatering recipes. Loved reading your blog, especially “pure Hyderabadi” one:). Saffron rice looks delicious. Will keep visiting for updates.

  10. Colour looks tempting to make it!!And as u hav said it will be a rich substitute for the regular ghee and jeera rice…:)Thanx fro the recipe!

  11. yes that rich butter chicken will go well with this simple yet flavored rice….you can use cream too instead of milk, not that its going to make any big difference, but some slight change is there…

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