INDIAN SAFFRON RICE
Indian saffron is richer, darker in its red-orange color then the Spanish or Italian, and gives a better flavor to rice. The saffron should always be steeped in hot water ahead of time and used as part of the liquid in the recipe. The following is a recipe prepared in the Indian manner.
Provided by CookingForDummies
Number Of Ingredients 5
- Steep the saffron in 1/2 cup boiling water.
- In a skillet that can be tightly covered, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Stir in the rice and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the rice begins to absorb the butter and becomes opaque, but do not brown the rice.
- Quickly pour in the remaining 1 1/2 cups boiling water along with the saffron water. Cover immediately, reduce heat to low, and cook 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed. For best results, do not remove the lid while the rice is cooking.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 154.2 calories, Carbohydrate 26.1 g, Cholesterol 10.2 mg, Fat 4.1 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 2.5 g, SaturatedFat 2.5 g, Sodium 418.2 mg
CLASSIC SAFFRON RICE
This is easy, simple and wonderful. The original recipe which was printed in the Spring 2005 Penzeys catalog, calls for long-grain rice; however, I liked it much better with basmati. Also, the original recipe called for minced onion but I found it worked very well with dried onion. I indicated that the butter is optional, because I did not add it.
Provided by PaulaG
Categories White Rice
Yield 4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 6
- Rinse the rice well, drain.
- In a medium size saucepan, add the rinsed rice and remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
- Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until stock is absorbed and rice is tender.
- Fluff with fork and serve.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 218.8, Fat 2.8, SaturatedFat 0.7, Cholesterol 3.6, Sodium 465.9, Carbohydrate 41, Fiber 1.7, Sugar 2.8, Protein 6.8
- Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking and stirring until the onion is very tender and dark brown, 15 to 20 minutes more.
- Pour in rice and stir to coat. Stir in water, parsley flakes, saffron, and 3 drops of yellow food coloring (optional). Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 259.3 calories, Carbohydrate 26.8 g, Cholesterol 40.7 mg, Fat 15.6 g, Fiber 0.5 g, Protein 2.8 g, SaturatedFat 9.8 g, Sodium 113 mg, Sugar 0.4 g
A pinch of brilliant burnt-orange saffron, the stigmas of small purple crocuses, gives a dish a slightly bitter and floral flavor. Saffron is traditionally used to perfume bouillabaisse, but it can add a layer of fragrance and color to aromatic basmati. If you don't have saffron, use turmeric (Indian saffron) instead.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Number Of Ingredients 4
- In a small bowl, combine the saffron and boiling water and steep for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse the rice under cold water. Place the rice, 1 3/4 cups water, and saffron in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, season with salt and pepper, and either spoon into the bouillabaisse or serve on the side.
- Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 finely chopped onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Stir in 2 cups basmati rice, 2 teaspoons kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads. Add 1 1/2 cups each water and low-sodium chicken broth. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes. Let sit, covered, 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 2 sliced scallions.
QUICK AND EASY SAFFRON RICE
A mild side dish that won't overpower the entree. Use the thread saffron, which gives a much better flavor.
Provided by JoAnn
Categories White Rice
Yield 3-4 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 7
- Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan (that has a lid).
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until just soft.
- Add in the rice and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the broth, saffron, and parsley.
- Cover and reduce the heat to low.
- Cook for 15-18 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.
- Fluff with a fork before serving.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 313.9, Fat 7.8, SaturatedFat 1.2, Sodium 387.1, Carbohydrate 52.4, Fiber 1.9, Sugar 0.9, Protein 6.8
SAFFRON STEAMED PLAIN BASMATI RICE
Chelow. The recipe and introductory text below are excerpted from Najmieh Batmanglij's book A Taste of Persia. Batmanglij also shared some helpful cooking tips exclusively with Epicurious, which we've added at the bottom of the page. To read more about Batmanglij and Persian cuisine, click here.
Provided by Najmieh Batmanglij
Yield Servings: 6
Number Of Ingredients 6
- 1. Pick over the rice carefully to remove its many small solid particles of grit.
- 2. Wash the rice by placing it in a large container and covering it with lukewarm water. Agitate gently with your hand, then pour off the water. Repeat five times until the rice is completely clean.
- 3. In a large nonstick pot, bring 8 cups of water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the rice to the pot and boil briskly for 6 to 10 minutes, gently stirring twice with a wooden spoon to loosen any grains that stick to the bottom. Once the rice rises to the top of the pot, it is done.
- 4. Drain the rice in a large, fine-mesh strainer and rinse with 3 cups lukewarm water.
- 5. In a bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup oil, 2 spatulas full of the rice, the yogurt, 1/2 cup lukewarm water, and 1 tablespoon of saffron water. Spread this mixture over the bottom of the rice pot. This will form the golden crust, or tah dig.
- 6. One spatulaful at a time, gently mound the remaining rice onto the tah dig layer. Shape it into a pyramid to leave room for the rice's expansion.
- 7. Cover the pot and cook the rice for 10 minutes over medium heat.
- 8. Mix 1 cup cold water with 4 tablespoons oil and pour over rice. Sprinkle on the remaining saffron water. Place a clean dishtowel or 2 layers of paper towel over the pot to absorb condensation, and cover with the lid to prevent steam from escaping. Reduce the heat to low and cook 50 minutes longer.
- 9. Remove the pot from the heat and cool it, still covered, on a damp surface for 5 minutes to loosen the crust.
- 10. There are two ways to serve the rice. The first is to hold the serving platter tightly over the uncovered pot and invert the two together, unmolding the entire mound onto the platter. The rice will emerge as a golden-crusted cake, to be garnished with edible flowers and herbs, then served in wedges. The second serving style is to spoon the rice into a pyramid on the serving platter, taking care not to disturb the bottom crust as you do so. After the pyramid is shaped, detach the crust with a wooden spatula and arrange it in pieces around the pyramid or serve it on a small side platter.
- NOTE: You can use any kind of pot to make this rice, but nonstick pots make unmolding the rice much easier.
- NOTE: If using American long-grain rice, wash the rice once only.
- NOTE: To reheat leftover rice, place it in a saucepan with 1/2 cup water and place over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rice Cooker Method
- Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 1 1/4 hours
- 3 cups long-grain white basmati rice 4 cups cold water 1 tablespoon salt 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, butter, or ghee 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron threads, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1. Pick over and wash the rice as per the master recipe above.
- 2. In the rice cooker, combine the rice, water, salt, and oil. Gently stir with a wooden spoon until the salt has dissolved. Start the rice cooker.
- 3. After 1 1/4 hours, pour saffron water over the rice. Unplug the rice cooker.
- 4. Keep the cooker covered and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
- 5. Remove the lid, hold the serving platter tightly over the pot and invert the two together, unmolding the entire mound onto the platter. The rice will emerge as a golden-crusted cake, to be garnished with edible flowers and herbs, then served in wedges. NUSH-E JAN!
- NOTE: If using American long-grain rice, wash the rice once only and use only 3 cups of water in Step 2.
- Variation:Saffron Steamed Brown Basmati RiceFor 3 cups of brown basmati rice, use 6 3/4 cups water in Step 2. The amounts of salt, oil, and saffron water remain the same.
- Najmieh Batmanglij shares her tips with Epicurious:
- •Batmanglij highly recommends using a rice cooker for this recipe - it's easier, and the nonstick, evenly heating surface ensures a good crust. She favors the National Deluxe brand - if you're using a different brand, check the instructions, as you may need to change the measurements and cooking times. •Though many Iranians now use vegetable oil, clarified butter (ghee) is Iran's traditional cooking fat. To make it, start with a third more unsalted butter than you will need for the recipe. Melt the butter over low heat, then increase the heat to medium low and simmer the butter, without stirring, until it stops crackling and the milk solids brown and drop to the bottom. Skim off any foam from the top, and strain the ghee through a colander lined with cheesecloth. Ghee will keep at room temperature, covered, for several months. •Batmanglij prefers Persian full-fat drained yogurt, which is thicker than the American variety. American nonfat yogurt can be substituted for a less rich flavor. •Batmanglij recommends buying saffron in thread form rather than powder, which is often adulterated with turmeric. Before they can be used in a recipe, the threads must be ground with a cube of sugar, using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder, and then diluted in hot water. "The saffron water can then be stored and used as needed," says Batmanglij. "Never use the unground threads."
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