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Sweet Saffron Rice (kesari Bhaat)

1 c Basmati rice (uncooked)
1 pn Saffron threads
1/4 c -Boiling water
2 c Water or vegetable stock
1 Cinnamon stick
5 Whole cloves
1/4 ts Sea salt
1/2 c Jaggery or light brown sugar
1 ts Crushed cardamom seeds
1/4 c Slivered almonds
1/4 c Currants
2 tb Canola oil


Place rice in a strainer and rinse with cool water until water runs clear. Set aside.

Place saffron in a small glass bowl, add boiling water and let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

Stir together rice, 2 cups water, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. (Do not remove cover while cooking.) Remove from heat and set aside.

Simmer saffron water, jaggery and cardamom in a small saucepan over low heat until mixture forms a syrup, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over rice.

Saute almonds and currants in oil only until currants puff slightly and nuts turn lightly brown.

Gently fold into rice mixture, fluff with a fork, and serve.


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