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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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Gluten Free, Rice, saffron, Sweet


  • 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.