Nimbu Ka Chaval (Saffron Rice With Lime)

Recipe by Chocolatl
READY IN: 50mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place saffron in a small bowl and pour 1/4 cup boiling water over it.
  • Let stand at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a heavy saucepan.
  • Add rice, stirring constantly to keep water at a boil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Cook over moderate heat, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Drain rice and set aside.
  • Heat butter or ghee in a heavy 3-4 quart casserole with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Add cashews, ginger, mustard seeds and clove.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until seeds begin to burst, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add remaining salt, chili pepper, rice, coriander, lime juice, coconut and remaining boiling water, stirring well.
  • Sprinkle saffron and the water it soaked in over the top.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place lid on top.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until rice has absorbed all liquid.
  • Fluff with a fork before serving.