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Saffron Rice – Insanely Fragrant

Saffron Rice Kashmiri Style
Sumit Malhotra

Saffron Rice (Tehri) Recipe; Kashmiri Saffron Rice (Tehri) Recipe

I hold the state of Jammu & Kashmir very close to my heart. I have visited it nothing less than 8 times before the insurgency started. I travelled to the state once again recently. However, this time it was to Ladakh. In Leh I gorged on sumptuous Ladakhi food. I was also able to savour Kashmiri food at a small shack run by Kashmiri Muslims. There was a mention of them cooking saffron rice (tehri) on a specific day. Unfortunately I was unable to make it on time and missed it. So while I was planning to cook Kashmiri food for friends, I decided to add saffron rice to the menu.

Rice is an integral part of Kashmiri cuisine. Being staple it is cooked in many ways. It can sweetened or unsweetened. Kashmiri pulaos can be vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Saffron is grown in Kashmir in abundance and is used in a lot of Kashmiri food preparations. Check out how Saffron rice (tehri) is done Kashmiri style with of course my adaptations. I am told that Kashmiri cuisine uses mustard oil. This I replaced with ghee. A lot of Tehri recipes use ginger garlic paste and potatoes. These I omitted totally in my recipe since I wanted to preserve the fragrance of saffron and get a bit of haldi (turmeric) flavour.

Saffron Rice (Tehri) Recipe; Kashmiri Saffron Rice (Tehri) Recipe

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Gizmos: Sauce Pan
  • Serves: 2-3

Stuff you need for Saffron Rice (Tehri)

what goes in? what kinds? how much?
Basmati Rice Good quality 1 Cup
Ghee 1.5 Tablespoon
Jeera (Cumin seeds) 1 Tablespoon
Dal Chini (Cinnamon Stick) 1 inch
Laung (Cloves) 2 No.
Haldi (Turmeric) 1/4 Teaspoon
Kesar (Saffron) I used a Spanish one 2 good pinches
Milk To soak saffron 2 Tablespoon
Water 2 Cups
Salt To taste

Process to make Kashmiri Saffron Rice (Tehri)

  1. Soak saffron in warm milk till its mixed well.
  2. Take one cup of good quality basmati rice and soak for an hour.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan and season it with jeera, dal chini, and laung.
  4. Add rice with two cups of water.
  5. Add saffron and turmeric dissolved in milk
  6. Bring to a boil and simmer till done.
  7. Serve hot with rest of the Kashmiri dishes.

Visual Process for making Saffron Rice (Tehri) Recipe

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