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Zafrani pulao recipe

Zafrani pulao recipe a mildly sweet pulao with saffron, nuts and dryfruits.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Author Sharmilee J


To soak:

  • 1 tbsp hot milk
  • 5 strands saffron

For cooking rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 8 to 10 small strands saffron

To temper:

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 half inch cinnamon
  • 2 nos cloves
  • 1 no cardamom
  • 1 no bayleaf

For fryings nuts :

  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 15 nos cashews
  • 15 nos almonds(chopped)
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Soak around 5 strands of saffron in a tbsp of hot milk.Set aside.Soak rice in water for 30 mins.Rinse well and drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil + ghee - add the spices, give a quick mix then add drained rice, Saute for few seconds.Then add water + milk.
  • Add 8 to 10 strands saffron,sugar and salt.When it starts to boil, add rice mix well and cook covered.Open and stir in between just once or twice not often.Stir gently.
  • Cook covered until rice turns soft.Add saffron milk.Give a quick mix.
  • Rice may look sticky when its hot but after cooling down it becomes grain separated.Now heat ghee in a tadka pan - add cashew and almonds, saute until golden then add raisins fry until it bubbles up nicely.
  • Add this to rice and mix it.Fluff it gently do not over mix else rice will break.
  • Serve hot with a drizzle of ghee!


  • You can use long grained basmati rice.I used normal basmati rice only.
  • Do not add more milk
  • You can have many variations like adding fried onions and fruits too.
  • Saffron quantity can vary depending on the quality and the thickness of each strand.
  • If you like more sweetish pulao then you an add more sugar.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg