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Sweet Saffron Rice

Sweet Saffron Rice

Sweet Saffron Rice

The look and smell of saffron rice is delicious and tempting. It makes a perfect dessert for lunch or any kind of get together. You can serve this dish cold or warm.
Serves 4 to 6.
3.50 from 2 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup basmati rice or long grain rice
  • 2 Tbsp clarified butter ghee
  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 piece of cinnamon stick dalchini
  • ¼ tsp saffron threads kaser
  • 4 whole cloves laung
  • ½ tsp cardamom seeds coarsely crushed, ilachi
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp pistachios and almonds sliced or crushed, pista, badam
  • 1 Tbsp raisins kishmish


  • Dry roast the almonds, pistachios and raisins in a pan on medium heat until the raisins puff and the nuts slightly change color. Set aside.
  • Put the rice, water, cinnamom stick, and salt in a sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • When the rice comes to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Let the rice cook for about 15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated.
  • While rice is cooking, in a separate saucepan combine milk, butter, sugar, saffron, cloves and cardamom and bring to boil on medium heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Add the nuts mixture and sugar syrup over the rice. Fold gently into the rice with a spoon gently to avoid mashing the rice.
  • Put the cover back over the rice and turn the heat on to very low. Let the rice simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave it covered for another few minutes before serving.
Keyword Gluten Free, Rice, saffron, Sweet
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Originally posted 2007-08-27 14:49:21.

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30 thoughts on “Sweet Saffron Rice

  1. Thank you so much this really helped me with a class project on India. I needed to bring in authentic cuisine and this was the perfect site it really helped…
    Thanks again!!!

  2. Manjula jee, i cooked Rajma Chawal as per your instructions and it was delicious…I ahve cooked Rajma before also but it was never so tasty. I also tried Badam Milk and that was also very yummy. Today i will prepare saffron rice…Many Thanks

  3. Another delicious recipe! My family loves this one as well as many of your other recipes. I appreciate the clear instructions you give in your recipe videos. Your husband does a great job on the video photography. Thanks to both of you. I always look forward and wait patiently on your next new recipe! You are appreciated!!


  4. This recipe came out perfect! I tried to make this rice so many times but never came out so delicious. Thanks very much for all your recipies.
    I surprise my husband every day now with different meal 🙂

  5. About two years ago I was invited into my friend’s home. She was from Pakistan and her mother served me this dish. I was in love with it then. And now I found a really great recipe for it! I just made a batch but substituted whole cloves for 1/4 tsp ground but could go down to 1/8. Thanks Manjula!
    Now on to your other recipes! Indian food is no longer intemidating!
    Rachel from the USA

    1. Dear Manjula,

      thank you for this wonderful recipies and the tempting smells they bring to my kitchen.
      This rice fits very well into the christmas season in germany and i really enjoyed it.
      But somehow i wasn’t sure about the amount of milk for the sirup and how dry the rice is supposed to come out. In the video i think you say one cup but in the recipie it says 2 tablespoons… I used half a cup, the rice was dry but still delicious.

  6. Dear manjula
    I enjoyed your sweet safron rice,it reminds me of my childhood and my mummys dishes and recipes we used to have at home.
    God bless you and your family
    Merry christmas and a very happy new year.
    Yoseph Daniel

  7. Hello Manjula! I just wanted to comment on your rice and naan recipes and videos. They were excellent. I recently travelled to Bangalore, India and had the opportunity to experience a lot of Indian cuisine and you have greatly helped me to prepare dishes at home that have me reminiscing of my time spent there. Thank you!

  8. Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas, i grew up eating this food because i lived next door to wonderful people who invited me over to try thier traditional foods, i miss it often and your website is a great and traditional resource!!! thanks

  9. Thanks Manjula ji for all the lovely reciepes. They are so simple and easy. Please keep posting new receipes which will help
    all of us. I am newly married and I have prepared most of your dishes for my in-laws. They all are very happy.. A big thanks to

  10. Hi, I always feard to cook zarda rice but today I tried your recipe of Sweet Saffron Rice. My husband and his two friends enjoyed it toooo much (ofcourse me too). Their comments were “awesome, great”. For a moment i could not believe that such a nice recipe I have prepared. The rice were seperate and credit goes to you. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe. Can you please add any recipe of Eggplant? Waiting for your reply

  11. I was really delighted to find your website with all these delicious recipes Manjula. You cook really well. I was looking for an aloo gobi recipe after eating at an Indian restaurant here in Los Angeles today when I saw your u-tube video. I really enjoyed watching you make the delicious looking food. I’m going to try making the sweet saffron rice, but I just need to go out and buy a few ingedrients. Thank you once again for a lovely website. By the way, my younger sister cooks too and has a website of her own. It’s http://www.myepikorean.com if you are interested. She has Korean food with a Southern Calfornian twist. Thanks again.

  12. Great : my guests thought I had take away from Indian Restaurant . I served this dish with Took Alu Sindhi style fried Pototoes .

    Try It again n again


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