Zaffran Kismis Pullao (raisin-saffron basmati rice pilaf)

Chef’s Notes:
Basmati rice, a highly aromatic variety grown in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, is widely available in supermarkets.

Purchase saffron threads. Avoid buying saffron powder because it may not be pure in form.

A Pullao is often served with the main course as a starch alternative and can be either meat or vegetarian based.

Large stalks of fresh cilantro, when deep-fried will yield dark green crispy stalks, ideal for garnishing.

Serves 8

Rice Pilaf Ingredients:
2 cups Basmati Rice (uncooked)
_ tsp Saffron Threads
1 cup Coconut Milk
6 tbls. Clarified Butter or Veg. Oil (divided)
1 cup Red Onions (finely chopped)
1 tbls. Fresh Ginger (minced)
1 tspn. Garlic (minced)
6 Whole Cloves
3 Black Cardamon Pods
2 Cinnamon Sticks (3” pieces)
1 cup Golden Raisins (divided)
2 tbls. Sugar
2 cups Water
_ cup Slivered Almonds
2 tbls. Fresh Cilantro (minced)

1. Gently rinse rice 3 to 4 times in cold water, drain well. Set aside.

2. In a small skillet, toast saffron threads over medium-high heat; add onions 20 to 30 seconds or until they turn one shade darker. Add to coconut milk, stir well. Set aside.

3. In one quart saucepan, heat four tbsp. Butter over medium-high heat; add onions, ginger and garlic. Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until onions soften slightly.

4. Stir in cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Cook 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring occasionally to blend flavors.

5. Add rice, saffron-coconut mixture, _ cup golden raisins, sugar, salt and water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, stir once. Cover, cook 10 minutes more. Reduce heat to low. Cook covered 5 minutes more; set aside.

6. In a small skillet, heat 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Stir-fry _ cup raisins and almonds 1 to 2 minutes or until raisins are plump and nuts turn golden brown. Stir in cilantro; set aside.

Fluff rice with fork, discard cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Transfer to a serving platter, garnish with raisins and nuts.


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