Sweet Saffron Rice – Kesari Rice

Sweet Saffron Rice is such a rice preparation that you can have as a main course or a dessert as well. This rice recipe is included in many cuisines of the world. But in India, it is usually made in special occasions and festivals. This rice has a beautiful kesari colour along with the sweetness of sugar and the crunch of dry fruits. You can impress your loved ones by serving this beautiful aromatic rice, instead if regular steamed basmati rice.

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  • Preparation Time : 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 30 minutes
  • Total Time : 40 minutes
  • Serve For : 2

Ingredients :

  • Basmati Rice or Long Grain Rice (2 cups) /4 cups boiled
  • Ghee or Clarified Butter (2 tbsp)
  • Cashew Nuts (1 tbsp)
  • Raisins or Kismis (1 tbsp)
  • Saffron or Kesar (2 pinch)
  • Cinnamon Stick or Dalchini (2 inch)
  • Green Cardamom pr Eaichi (2)
  • Cloves or Launga(4)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp)
  • Sugar (4-5 tbsp)
  • Nutmeg Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Yellow Food Colour (few drops)
  • Kewra Water (1/2 tsp)

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Soak dry fruits and saffron

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Boil rice (you can read the entire process how to boil rice here )

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Add ghee

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Add whole garam masala

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Add dry fruits

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Saute them

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Add one portion of boiled rice

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Add sugar

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Combine well

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Add another portion of boiled rice

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Add saffron soaked water

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Add yellow food colour

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Add kewra water

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Sprinkle nutmeg powder

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Combine well and switch off the flame

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Tips : 

  • Do not over cook the rice while boiling or they will break and become mushy.
  • Serve with spicy curry or serve as a dessert.

You can also check other Rice Recipes like Steamed Brown Rice, Veg Fried Brown Rice.

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2 Replies to “Sweet Saffron Rice – Kesari Rice”

  1. Alka says:

    Been a first time visitor to your Blog……This sweet saffron rice is a favourite of mine…Thanks for sharing

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