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Zafrani Pulao – Saffron Scented Rice


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Zafrani Pulao – Saffron Scented Rice

  Watching the cute movie ‘ Cheeni Kum’ always triggers the need to taste some delicious Hyderabadi Cuisine. ‘Khas kar ke’  – Above all the Zafrani Pulao. The saffron scented rice can be served plain as part of a Vegetarian Feast or with Mutton Cooked in the ‘Dum’ method.

Zafrani Pulao – Saffron Scented Rice

Recipe Type: Rice
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 10
Soaking time 1 hour
Cook time: 10
Total time: 1 hour 20
Serves: 6


  • 3 cups, long grained Basmati rice
  • 1 large onion – half sliced very finely, remaining roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp ginger, minced
  • ½ tsp garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • 10 Tbsp Milk
  • 8 cardamom pods, bruised
  • ¼ cup Pure Ghee
  • salt to taste – about 2 ½ tsp


  • Rinse the Basmati well and then soak in cool water  for 1 hour.
  • Strain the rice before cooking.
  • Heat the milk and add the saffron to it. Set aside, allowing the saffron to color and enrich the milk.
  • Heat ghee in a pot or small pan.
  • Add the finely sliced onion (I use a mandoline slicer).
  • Fry till light golden brown. Keep watching it. Drain on paper towels, reserving the ghee in the pan.
  • Add this ghee to a larger pot and add the cardamom.
  • When aromatic, add the remaining onions and saute just till softened – do not allow to turn golden.
  • Gently toss the basmati, without breaking to coat with the ghee.
  • Add the saffron milk and enough water to cover the rice by 1 cm / ½ inch
  • Also add salt.  Bring to a boil on high.
  • Lower heat once boiled and cook covered for about 10-15 minutes till the water is absorbed. You could do this in a rice cooker as well.
  • As soon as the rice is cooked. Fluff up with a fork and remove from heat source. Garnish with the reserved crisp fried onion.
  • Serve with Vegetarian or Mutton Side dishes.

Zafrani Pulao – Saffron Scented Rice

Try it and let us know – Zafrani Pulao – Saffron Scented Rice .

  • Fluff up the rice as soon as the water has run dry to prevent the rice from becoming mushy. The grains should by fluffy and separate.
  • If you need to reheat, sprinkle some water and microwave for 1 minute or place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. The water is needed to maintain the moistness or else reheating would cause the rice to be dry to the mouth.
  • PS : I adore Mr Amitabh Bachchan!

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