Friday, 26 April 2013

Sweet saffron rice

This is a lovely, fragrant rice, which is more of a dessert really. I liked the sound of it, so gave it a go...

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Serves: 5-6 people
  • Prep and cooking time: 35-45 mins
What you will need:

1 tbsp raisins
3 tbsp pistachios and almonds (I did not have almonds)
1 cup basmati rice
1 + 3/4 cup boiling water
pinch of salt
1 inch cinnamon stick
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp melted butter (or ghee)
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of saffron (1/4 tsp)
4 whole cloves
1/2 tsp crushed cardamom seeds

How to make:

1) Dry roast the raisins and pistachios in a pan, until lightly brown, then set aside

2) Place the rice, boiling water, salt and cinnamon stick in a medium sized pot, and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and leave to cook for 10-12 mins

3) Meanwhile, in a different pot, place the milk, butter, sugar, saffron, cloves and cardamom over medium heat, and bring to the boil - or until the sugar dissolves. Ensure you continually mix

4) Once the rice has nearly finished cooking (10-12 mins later), add the sugar syrup, mixing gently with a fork. Cover and allow to cook over low heat for a further 5 mins or until the liquid is absorbed

5) Place onto a serving plate and decorate with the raisins and nuts

When served
This can be eaten hot or cold, and I tell you - it is DELICIOUS mashAllah! It is also so quick and simple to make! Enjoy :)

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