Saffron rice with pickled jalapeno and ginger julienne. A no onion garlic aromatic rice with fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes, saffron or kesar and all the aromatic whole spices. Easy to make and absolutely delicious one pot rice dish. You can enjoy it without any side dish. Add lots of dry fruits of your choice and enjoy.
I used pickled jalapeno because I love the taste but if you want you can use chopped green chilli instead. Or you can use little more pickled jalapeno pieces if you like. It will be a great party dish with spicy curries. You may like some more one pot rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.
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Sending this post to 266 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Exotic Saffron suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. She always amazed us with her different continental, traditional and baked dishes. You will definitely love her different types of bread recipes. I have to try her Onion olive bread, Semolina sesame seed bread and many more. Also check out her different mouthwatering cake recipes.
Long grain basmati rice is best for this recipe. But you can also use any aromatic rice like Gobindobhog rice, Indrayani rice etc. Long grain rice looks good. As I mentioned above if you don’t have pickled jalapeno, use chopped green chilli instead. You can use cauliflower, beans, carrot or any vegetable in this rice. Chop and fry the vegetables before adding to the rice. If you don’t like to use ginger julienne then you can use minced or grated ginger. Serve this delicious and flavorful rice with any spicy curry. I have served it with dim kosha or spicy egg curry. I will share the recipe soon.
Basmati rice – 1 cup
Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon
Green peas – 1/2 cup
Pickled Jalapeno – 8 – 10 pieces
Ginger – 1 inch piece, julienned
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, cubed
Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon
Raisins – 2 tablespoon
Green cardamom – 4
Cloves – 4
Cinnamon – 1 inch piece
Mace or javitri – 2 strands
Star anise – 1
Bay leaf – 1
Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon
Water – 2 & 1/2 cup
1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.
2. Mix saffron with 1/4 cup hot water.
3. Cut the paneer or cottage cheese into small cubes. Marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.
4. Peel and chop the ginger into thin slices to make julienne.
5. Chop the pickled jalapeno into small pieces.
6. Crush green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.
7. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the cashew nuts. When cashews becomes light brown remove from oil.
8. Now fry the marinated paneer or cottage cheese cubes till brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.
9. Add ghee or clarified butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, mace or javitri, crushed green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
10. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add ginger julienne and fry for a minute. If you are using green chilli add it with ginger julienne.
11. Add turmeric powder, pickled jalapenos and green peas. Stir well.
12. Add drained rice, salt, sugar, fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes Stir and saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till the rice coated well with ghee.
13. Add saffron mixed water, fried cashew nuts, raisins and remaining water. Mix well. When water starts to rolling boil, cover and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.
14. Reduce the heat. Stir the rice. Cover and cook again on low heat for 10 minutes or till the rice becomes soft and water absorbed completely. Keep checking in between. If you want more soft rice then you can add 1/4 cup water more and cook for a few minutes more. Fluff the rice gently.
15. Garnish with fried paneer cubes, ginger julienne, saffron, jalapeno and fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with raita or any spicy curry. You can get some curry recipes here.
1. You can use more dry fruits if you want.
2. If you don’t have pickled jalapeno use 2-3 chopped green chilli.
3. Small pieces of cauliflower, beans or any vegetable can be used with rice. Fry the vegetable pieces before adding in the rice.
4. If you don’t have star anise omit it.
5. You can use minced or grated ginger instead of ginger julienne.
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