Rice With Saffron and Nuts (Zaffrani Chaval)

READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Sandi From CA

A wonderful Indian rice dish with cashews. Hard to eat plain rice after this!

Top Review by JustJanS

Could this rice be any easier?! I made no changes and wouldn't when I make it again. My saffron was good-it coloured up the warm water and smelled great, but it didn't colour the rice much. I'd suggest a LARGE pinch of saffron might do the trick. Doesn't matter, we loved this thanks Sandi.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepan. Test that it's hot enough by adding one seed; it should sizzle immediately. If not, wait until the oil is hotter before you add the remainder of the seeds and stir for 10 seconds.
  2. Add rice. Stir and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. The rice will start to change color and become opaque.
  3. Add broth and salt. Bring to a boil, turn down heat, cover and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Turn off heat and fluff with fork.
  4. Dissolve saffron in 2 tablespoons of warm water, then pour it in the center of the rice. Sprinkle nuts on top.
  5. Wait for 5 minutes, then mix. Rice will have white and saffron-color grains mixed together -- unless you have lame-o saffron like I had when I made the batch in the photos I uploaded. *lol*.

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