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    I'm just mad about Saffron, Saffron's mad about me

    [Cover photo by Varsha.] Saffron, sold as either threads or powder, has a pungent, slightly bittersweet taste, which is quite intense, so that very little is needed in cooking. This is lucky because it is the world's most expensive spice (over $200 per ounce). There are several reasons for this: saffron threads are the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, each of which contains only three threads; the threads must be picked by hand; more than 75,000 flowers are required just to produce 1 lb of saffron filaments; and it has a relatively brief autumn harvesting season. Saffron is grown mainly in Iran and Spain and, in smaller amounts, in Greece, Italy, Turkey and India (the saffron of Kashmir, the most prized of all, is now mostly unavailable in the West). Most saffron sold in the U.S. is from Spain. Because so little is used in a dish, it is important that saffron be well distributed throughout the dish. The spice may simply be crumbled into sauces and soups. For other dishes, it works better to first dissolve the saffron in a small amount of liquid such as water or stock and then add to the dish. It can also be toasted before using. A pinch of saffron (1 pinch = 1/8 tsp) contains about 20 threads, and 1/2 tsp threads = 1/4 tsp saffron powder. Like most seasonings, the flavor of saffron diminishes over time, but if stored in a container with a tight lid in a cool, dry place it will keep at least 3 years; threads retain their flavor longer than powder.
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    1 Reviews |  By chia

    from an old issue of gourmet, this soup is a light first course for any meal.

    Recipe #87535

    This is an intriguing twist on a classic, Indian spices combined with Mediterrran flavors. A mini food processor works really well for chopping the garlic, chile, and ginger root. Serve on rice or orzo or accompanied by a crusty loaf of bread. Adapted from Moosewood Restaraunt New Classics cookbook. Enjoy!

    Recipe #95437

    This is a semolina halwa based on a recipe issued by the Indian Government more than 45 years ago. It is simple, buttery and not too sweet. We prefer this family favorite to other versions, such as those posted on Recipezaar, which you should try also. We hope this version will be your favorite, too.

    Recipe #99036

    Very flavorful. Goes well with either Spanish or Mexican food.

    Recipe #99773

    2 Reviews |  By chia

    These are great as tapas, or as a side dish, courtesy of Gourmet.

    Recipe #102246

    We had this quite often during our trips to Morocco. The actual recipe is one I adapted after we came home but I think it's pretty close to what you'd get in Morocco if you went there on holiday. Serve with rice or couscous.

    Recipe #106553

    4 Reviews |  By Dancer^

    I have made this twice now and I love it.

    Recipe #111813

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