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Saffron Basmati Rice

Jaden Hair
Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 279 kcal


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 3 ½ cups Broth chicken or vegetable
  • 1 pinch Saffron threads soaked in 2T hot water for 10 minutes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onions


  • Wash and drain the rice. In 4-qt pot, heat with olive oil over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add onions and fry for 3 minutes, until softened and light brown. Stir in rice, broth, saffron + soaking water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Once it starts boiling, immediately cover and turn to low heat.
  • Let the rice cook on low heat, undisturbed (no peeking!) for 20 minutes. Turn off heat. Let sit for another 5 minutes covered to finish steaming. Use a fork to fluff up the rice.


Calories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 940mgPotassium: 90mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 292IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword rice recipe, saffron recipe, saffron rice
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