Asian Home Recipe

Saffron and Lemon Pilau Recipe

Ingredients :

1 tablespoon




1 1/4 cups

2 cups

1/4 cup

1 tablespoon

1 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

2 tablespoons


Cardamom pods, bruised

Whole cloves

Small stick cinnamon

Long grain rice

Hot water

Lemon juice



Saffron strands

Boiling water

Method :
  • Heat ghee in a heavy saucepan and fry cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon for 3 minutes.

  • Add rice and fry, stirring for 4-5 minutes over low heat.

  • Add water, lemon juice, sugar and salt, stir well and bring to the boil over high heat.

  • Turn heat low, cover and cook 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile pour hot water over saffron strands and allow to soak for 5 minutes.

  • Press the strands between your fingers to extract as much color as possible.

  • At the end of the 10 minutes, lift lid of pan and sprinkle saffron water and strands over the rice.

  • Do not stir.

  • Replace lid and cook for a further 10 minutes.

  • Uncover, allow steam to escape for a few minutes and remove whole spices.

  • Fluff rice gently with fork before serving.


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