Steamy, filling, and very aromatic, Persian Saffron Rice is prepared using white rice, fried onions, and saffron strands. It is a savory side dish with a pleasant yellow color that comes together in under 30 minutes. Here is how to make it.
Once the butter is hot, add rice and saute it for a minute.
Add broth, saffron and salt to taste.
Cover the pan and cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Remove the pan from heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Fluff the rice gently with a fork.
Garnish with fried onions.
Serve with any gravy.
Use the best quality, Saffron. Saffron is a very expensive ingredient and a lot of people sell fake Saffron which looks exactly like the real one but the flavour is no match. Make sure to buy Saffron from a trusted source. Good saffron have long bright red threads, so look for it.For a more profound saffron flavour, you can soak the saffron in 1 tbsp warm water for 5-6 hours.It's called blooming the saffron.Use Long Grain Basmati Rice to make this recipe. The flavour and texture of this rice is unmatchable.Make sure to rinse the rice to get fluffiest cooked rice.Rice:Water Ratio : The amount of liquid used to cook the rice should be accurate. If it's more, rice will turn out mushy and if it's less, it will burn.Cook the rice on very low heat and tightly covered. It will make sure the resulting rice is fluffy and nicely cooked.Do not disturb the rice while cooking. Do not open the lid otherwise, the steam will escape and rice will not cook properly.You can make this rice with peas too. Dried herbs, onion powder, garlic powder, raisins, nuts are some other ingredients which can be added to this rice dish.