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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saffron Rice (Nasi Saffron)

A friend of mine returned from Iran on vacation (during Chinese New year) and he brought me a very precious gift. Saffron is the most precious valuable spice in the world and Iran Saharkhiz Saffron is one of the top superior quality known as Red Gold. To give you an idea how expensive saffron is, it is comparable to gold price. I was so thrilled with the gift and waited for the right moment to use it. The aroma from it is indescribable and delectable. The taste of the rice is mild and very much to my liking because I can keep on eating more without having after-taste effect especially when burping unlike some other spices which overeating will make you feel like not having it anymore until another year or so.... if you know what I mean....hehe.

Just use a pinch of saffron to cook a pot of rice to serve 5 persons and yet it produces lovely bright yellow color. Soak it in few tbsp of hot water and it is ready for use.
I've created this recipe using simplest ingredients to ensure the aroma & taste from the saffron is not overridden by anything else.

By: Roz@HomeKreation
Serves: 5 persons
INGREDIENTS:
3 cups Basmati Rice (use rice cup)
4½ cups Water
3 tbsp Butter
Mixed Spices (Cinnamon stick, Star Anise, Cardamon & Cloves)
2" Ginger - bruised 
3 Shallots*
2 cloves Garlic* (* pound coarsely) 
1/2 tsp Saffron - soaked in little hot water 
Salt

METHOD:
1.  Wash rice & drained.

2. Heat up butter & stir fry mixed spices, ginger & pounded ingredients until fragrant.
Add in rice and stir for few minutes.
Place it in a rice cooker pot.
Add in water, saffron & salt.
Cook like normal in a rice cooker.

3. Serve with Biryani Chicken (see here) and cabbage salad.
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BAHASA MALAYSIA VERSION
Nasi saffron dgn aroma & rasa yang unik dan enak dgn warna asli yang sangat cantik kekuningan. Saffron dari Iran ni berkualiti tinggi dan amat berharga.

Hidangan 5 orang
BAHAN2:
3 cwn Beras Basmati (guna sukatan cawan rice cooker)
cwn Air
3 sb Butter
Rempah Tumis (Kulit Kayu Manis, Pelaga, Bg Lwg, Cengkih)
2" Hali - ketuk
3 ulas Bwg Merah*
2 ulas Bwg Putih* (* tumbuk kasar) 
1/2 st Saffron - rendam dlm sedikit air panas
Garam

CARA2:
1.  Basuh beras & tapis.

2. Panaskan butter & tumis rempah, halia & bhn tumbuk.
Masukkan beras & kacau sebentar.
Masukkan ke dlm rice cooker & masukkan air, saffron & garam.
Masak spt biasa di dlm periuk nasi automatik.

3. Hidangkan dgn Ayam Biryani (see here) dan kerabu kobis.



15 comments:

  1. along...bestnye dapat gift mcm akak..sape nak bagi Eina ek??hehehe....kalau ganti butter dengan minyak sapi boleh x along?

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  2. love the flavor of saffron...rice looks very flavorful
    Super Yummy Recipes

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  3. Saffron is amazing.. I was using some in a friends kitchen, but didn't realize how expensive it was until after i had used quite a lot of it.. oops. But the food tasted amazing!

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  4. Along, nampak so yummy itu nasi saffron... x penah guna plk... x terbeli lah kak rose ni kalau mahal cenggitu!

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  5. Wat a flavourful rice, yummm!

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  6. I've used saffron before in my first briyani recipe ages2 ago...bought it locally here at an Indian spice shop and it was $12.00(about 1 sudu besar) aduhhh...terkejut kamek but I used it up within a 2 years n kept it in fridge. Mun nak beli kinek tok pun mok pikir juak...but no harm sekali sekala for some indulgence...

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  7. tak pernah buat lagi ni...rasa pun tak pernah.

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  8. I have always wondered about the taste and smell of saffron.

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  9. dah beli safron kat kedai arab..nanti nak try buat

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  10. Eina,
    Rezki along lah tu...hehe. Buh minyak sapi lagi sodaaap... kita takda stok sbb tu pakai butter je.

    Satya,
    Indeed very delicious.

    Miriam,
    It has unique mild fragrant, lovely. Saffron not to be used in excessive quantity as it can be toxic.

    KakRose,
    KAlau nak cuba, boleh beli yang dijual kat Msia ni ada yg harga murah tapi kualiti mungkin tak sama tapi boleh lah cuba sbb rasa & warna nya ok.

    Priya,
    Nyummy... I love it so much.

    Nur68,
    Saffron ni tak boleh mkn selalu, bukan saja mahal tapi sbb toxic & like drug.

    Wanieyra,
    Masuk list eyra, cuba lah berbaloi.

    Wendy,
    You miss something and must try at least once. You probably like it as it is not strong pungent spices like curry.

    KakIna,
    Kat India ari tu KakIna tak beli ke? Sure murah kat sana tu bandingkan kat Msia.

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  11. along : sy suka baca along pny version BM. comel je bila along translate. senyum sorg saya. hehehehehe

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  12. tqs for the info Along, I never knew that it is toxic..patutle resepi calls for a pinch of saffron...ingatkan nak pinch besar tp pinch kecik2 jak..hehehe...

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  13. Salam, Saffron Poshali yang ditempah baru sahaja tiba dari Iran minggu ini,original dan gred A,menghasilkan air warna kuning(hati2 memilih saffron kerana banyak yang palsu menggunakan warna tambahan). Kami order dari syarikat Zargol Saffron,fresh dari ladang.Untuk tempahan, sila hubungi saya di www.facebook.com/zouksaffron atau email binaminda@gmail.com.atau call 014-6245 445 Cepat!sementara stok masih ada!

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  14. Untuk mendapatkan Saffron Stigma Original bagi ditambah dalam menu masakan,sila pm di www.facebook.com/zouksaffron atau sms 014-6245445. Harga promosi menanti anda di sini!

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  15. saffron is one of the expensive spice in the world, its alike a gold, i"m Loving it, because, we are the growers of past 300 years in Kashmir.....

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