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Zafrani Pulao

- Submitted by Dahlia on 19th Oct 2008

(Saffron Rice, Zafrani Pulav, Kungumapoo Sadam)

Safrani Pulao

Recipe For Zafrani Pulao


  • Basmati Rice - 2 cup
  • Saffron - 1 tsp 
  • Nuts (Cashews, Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts etc) - 1 cup
  • Dried Fruits (Black Raisins, Golden Raisins, cranberries, pineapple, papaya etc) - 1 cup
  • Fresh fruits (Pomegranate, Grapes, Apple ) - 1 cup
  • Whole Garam Masala - (1 bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 cardamon, 3 cloves)
  • Black Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Fried Onions - 1/2 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Mint - handful
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp
  • Coriander-Cumin Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp

Preparation Steps

  1. Wash and soak the rice for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Slice the onion lengthwise and fry it.
  3. Soak the saffron strands in the milk.


  1. Heat oil in a pan and splutter the cumin seeds and whole garam masala.
  2. Add the nuts and dried fruits and saute for a minute on very low flame to prevent them from getting burnt.
  3. Add the ginger garlic paste, sugar and corriander-cumin powder.
  4. (After this you can cook in a rice cooker or stove top.) Add the above mixture to the rice along with required water, fried onions, half of the saffron- milk mixture and finely chopped coriander and mint leaves.
  5. Let it cook till the rice is done. At this stage add the remaining saffron-milk mixture on top of the rice.
  6. Add the fresh fruits and mix gently with a fork without breaking the rice.
  7. Add few drops of ghee on top.
  8. Garnish with additional nuts, fruits, cilantro and fresh saffron strands.


  • You can remove the whole garam masala before serving.
  • You can also add fresh vegetables like carrots, sweet peas, sweet corn etc.

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