Closeup view of saffron rice

How To Make Saffron Rice

How to make a fluffy saffron rice. This recipe is so easy to make and it's very aromatic
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 527kcal
Author Healing Tomato


For Cooking the Rice

For the dry spices

  • 3 pieces cloves
  • 2 pods cardamom opened slightly, but, seeds kept inside the pod
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick cut into smaller pieces

For the saffron

  • 3 Tbsp hot water you can also use melted ghee instead
  • 8 strands saffron This doesn't have to be preciese

For Rinsing the Rice

  • Water


Rinse the rice

  • Add rice to a strong bottom pan
  • Add about 3 cups of rice to the pan and give it a quick stir
  • Drain as much of the water as possible. Doesn't have to be all of it it
  • Repeat the above steps 2 more times

Cook the Rice

  • Add the 7 cups of water to the rice
  • Add the dry spices to the rice + water
  • Place rice on medium heat
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the rice has doubled in size
  • Test the rice by mushing it. See notes
  • Using a sieve, drain the water from the rice

Soak the saffron

  • While the rice is cooking, heat the 3 Tbsp water
  • Add saffron strands to a glass bowl
  • Add the heated water
  • Give it a quick stir and set aside

Assemble the recipe

  • Place the cooked rice in a pan
  • Add the infused saffron water
  • Stir well and serve immediately



- Stir it occasionally to make sure it is not sticking at the bottom
- Skim the starch that floats to the top.  This is optional, but, I like doing it because it makes the rice taste better
- To test if the rice is cooked, gently mush one grain of cooked rice. If it is cooked, it will mush easily and will be soft.  If it is uncooked, the rice grain will feel firm on one side and cooked on the other. 
- Water from the rice is full of nutrition.  It can be used in soups or curry as a stock.  Or, use it in hair and skin care regiment. 


Serving: 2People | Calories: 527kcal