Sunday, October 14, 2012

Zafrani Polao or Saffron Polao

During my college days we had a friend Fatima, she was my tuition friend. Once she called us for an Eid special lunch at her place. I could not express how good cook her ammy was. The foods were awesome and the way she served us that’s that was also very special. I still remember the taste of “Zafrai Poalo”.
The taste and the flavor were just out of the world. Today I tried to prepared “Zafrai Polao” and it’s good but surely not like aunty. But my husband liked it so much; anyhow I am satisfied for that.

Preparation time: 10 mints.

Cooking time: 20 mints.

Serve for 4 people.


1.Basmati Rice 2 cup.
2.One medium sliced onion.
3.Few  chopped cashew nuts.
4.Few chopped almonds.
5.Half tea spoon of cardamom and nutmeg  powder.
6.Few saffron stands (Soaked in one cup of warm milk).
7.Two tea spoon ghee.
8.Two table spoon sunflower oil.
9.Salt & sugar as per taste.

In a pressure cooker add the sunflower oil and one tea spoon of ghee and add the rice.
Fry the rice till it little crispy, then add the cardamom and nutmeg powder and mix with the rice nicely.
Now add 2 cup of water and one cum of saffron soaked milk with salt and sugar.
Switch off the gas after one weasel. The rice should not over cooked.


Now add one tea spoon of ghee in an oak and add the onions.
After the onions transparent, add the chopped cashew nuts and the chopped almonds.
Fry for another 3 to 4 mints.

Now add the cooked rice and mix with the fried onions, cashew and almonds.

Your “Zafrani Poalo” is ready enjoy the color and the essence.

Serve hot with any chicken or Mutton curry. and Raita.