saffron rice recipe

saffron rice recipe with step by step photos – saffron rice or kesar rice recipe is made in many cuisines of the world. saffron is loved by chefs because of the aroma and the unique taste it adds to any dish. saffron is one of the most expensive spice grown and used in many parts of the world.

saffron also known as kesar in hindi, is not only added for aroma but also for the fact that it has many health benefits. it is anti-depressant, anti-oxidant and has anti-cancer properties and also act as anti-aging agent. it is also good for digestion, blood circulation and good for eye sight.

saffron, kesar

just a pinch of saffron is enough to make your dish full of its fragrant sweet aroma and its health benefits.

one of the best ways to have the indian curries or dals is serving them with rice, preferably steamed basmati rice. however, instead of serving just plain steamed basmati rice, you can perk up your rice by the addition of spices or herbs. these add a lot of depth and flavor not only to the rice but also to the entire meal combination.

some ways through which you can add a lot of flavor and aroma to the rice is by making:

  1. jeera rice
  2. masala rice
  3.  biryani rice
  4. garam masala rice
  5. and obviously this saffron rice.

this saffron rice recipe is very easy to make. just fry the whole spices in oil, add rice and saffron. stir and add water. let the rice cook till its perfectly done. just cooked and not overly done.

addition of saffron gives the rice a light yellow color as shown in below pic. you can also add a pinch of turmeric powder for a slightly rich yellow color.

i served the saffron rice with punjabi rajma. this beautiful rice dish can also be served with any indian curry like vegetable kadai, lauki kofta, paneer butter masalapalak paneer. it will also go well with kadhi and dals like dal fry, dal tadka, dal makhani, chana dal etc.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check curd rice, ghee rice, veg biryani, garam masala rice and tamarind rice recipe.

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indian saffron rice recipe | kesar rice recipe

easy, aromatic and light saffron rice or kesar rice recipe

course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 30 minutes
cook time 10 minutes
total time 40 minutes
servings 2 to 3
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 2 to 3 generous pinch of saffron (kesar)
  • ¾ teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 2 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 cloves (lavang)
  • 1 strand of mace (javitri)
  • 3 to 3.25 cups water
  • 1 pinch turmeric (haldi) - optional
  • 1.5 tablespoons ghee or oil
  • a few coriander leaves or mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • salt as required

how to make recipe?

soaking rice:

  1. rinse the rice for 3 to 4 times in water or till the water runs clear of starch. 

  2. soak the rice for 20 to 30 mins in water.

  3. drain the water and keep the rice aside.

making saffron rice:

  1. heat oil or ghee in a deep pan or pot.

  2. add all the whole spices including shahjeera.
  3. fry till the spices crackle. 

  4. then add soaked rice.

  5. stir for 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. crush the saffron with your fingers or in a mortar-pestle and add these to the rice.
  7. add turmeric powder now if you plan to add it. stir.

  8. add water along with salt.
  9. cover the pan tightly and let the rice cook till the grains become separately cooked and absorb all the water.
  10. do check the rice for a couple of times when its cooking.
  11. once done, fluff gently with a fork.
  12. serve the saffron rice garnished with coriander or mint leaves with any dal or indian curry.


how to make saffron rice recipe:

1. measure all the ingredients and keep ready for the saffron rice recipe.

saffron rice recipe

2. rinse the rice 3 to 4 times in water or till the water runs clear of the starch.

saffron rice recipe

3. soak the rice for 20 to 30 minutes in enough water.

saffron rice recipe

4. later, drain all the water and keep the rice aside.

saffron rice recipe

5. heat 1.5 tablespoons ghee or oil in a pan or pot.

saffron rice recipe

6. add ¾ teaspoon shahjeera (caraway seeds), 2 green cardamoms, 1 tej patta, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 2 cloves and a strand of mace. on a side note, if you are wondering why the tej pasta is green – its a fresh tej pasta from the balcony garden.

saffron rice recipe

7. let the whole spices crackle and the aroma of spices will be felt.

saffron rice recipe

8. add soaked rice.

saffron rice recipe

9. stir for 1 to 2 minutes very well but gently, so that the ghee coats the rice grains.

saffron rice recipe

10. crush the saffron with your fingers or in a mortar-pestle.

saffron rice recipe

11. add the crushed saffron to the rice.

saffron rice recipe

12. add a pinch of turmeric powder now, if you plan to add it.

saffron rice recipe

13. stir well.

saffron rice recipe

14. add 3 cups of water or as required.

saffron rice recipe

15. sprinkle salt as required.

saffron rice recipe

16. cover the pan tightly and let the rice cook till the grains become separately cooked and absorb all the water.

saffron rice recipe

17. do check the rice for a couple of times when its cooking.

saffron rice recipe

18. once done, fluff gently with a fork.

saffron rice recipe

serve the saffron rice garnished with coriander or mint leaves with any dal like dal makhani, dal fry, dal tadka or indian curry recipes like veg kadai, rajma masala, chana masala, matar paneer, kadai paneer gravy, kadai mushroom.

saffron rice recipe




8 thoughts on “saffron rice recipe | aromatic indian saffron rice recipe | kesar rice recipe”

  1. Hi, i think its time u have a restaurant. Ur cooking is awesome and i am core fan of your recipes. They turn out perfectly. Love your site. Dasanna we would like to see you. Please post your snaps also once a while. thanks for the 1’derful recipes.

    1. Thanks Sudha for your kind words and appreciation. Honestly speaking I don’t want to have a restaurant and instead cover as many recipes on the blog as possible. So that it helps more people. Thanks again.

  2. Thank yo for posting these recipes. This is all new to me but there isn’t an Indian food place where I live and I would like to enjoy the food more than twice a year when I travel.

    In your recipes, you list oil. What kind of oil?

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