Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) Recipe


Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) is the special Indian Rice Delicacy, simply tasty and amazing rice dish, made with Basmati Rice and Flavored with Saffron (Kesar). Saffron is also known as kesar in hindi, is not only added for aroma but also for the fact that it has many health benefits.

Saffron is loved by chefs because of the aroma and the unique taste it adds to any dish. saffron is one of the most expensive spice grown and used in many parts of the world, and this saffron rice or kesar rice recipe is made in many cuisines of the world.

Kesar is anti-depressant, anti-oxidant and has anti-cancer properties and also act as anti-aging agent, it is also good for digestion, blood circulation and good for eye sight, just a pinch of saffron is enough to make your dish full of its fragrant sweet aroma and its health benefits.

In India, variety of rice dishes can be made and you can give lot of flavor, fragrance, aroma and taste to them, just by adding fresh Indian Herbs and spices. However, instead of serving just plain steamed basmati rice, you can perk up your rice with several flavorful ingredients. These ingredients adds a lot of depth and flavor not only to the rice but also to the entire meal combination.

Some ways through which you can add a lot of flavor and aroma to the rice is by making Jeera Rice, herb rice, biryani rice and this saffron rice. So let’s get into the details of this flavorful Indian Rice Recipe, and let’s celebrate Indian Festivals by making it at home.

 How to make Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) Recipe:

Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 cups

Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories per serving: 180

Fat per serving: 9g

Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) Recipe

Kesar Pulao (Saffron Rice) is the special Indian Rice Delicacy, simply tasty and amazing rice dish, made with Basmati Rice and Flavored with Saffron (Kesar)


  • 2 cups long grain (basmati) Rice
  • 1/4 tsp saffron soaked in 1 cup of milk
  • Few saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mixed dry nuts chopped
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 4 cardamom
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 3 tbsp pure ghee
  • Silver paper (varak) (optional)
  • 4 cups Water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the rice, soak for 30 minutes and drain in the sieve. Bring water on few boils , add rice and little bit of salt. Simmer the flame and cook until rice are half done.
  2. Melt ghee in a bowl and dissolve the sugar into it by adding little bit of water. Add soaked saffron, cloves, cardamom and dry nuts.
  3. Now mix the prepared mixture into rice and keep the rice again on medium high flame. At this moment, you need to cook the rice until they are fully done. Also taste them and adjust with some salt.
  4. Garnish saffron rice with some chopped dry nuts, raisins and saffron strands.
  5. You can garnish it with silver paper (varak) and chopped coriander as well.
  6. Serve hot and fresh to enjoy.


Addition of saffron gives the rice a light yellow color, you can also add a pinch of turmeric powder for a slightly rich yellow color.


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