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This Middle Eastern Saffron Rice is a flavoured rice from the Middle East. Saffron and other spices with lots of butter can be served with Za’atar spiced cauliflower or meat.

Sending this recipe over to our Blogging Marathon #110, week 3, day 1 under “Let’s pack to the Middle East” theme.

Preparation Time : 5 minutes

Cook Time : 30 minutes

Serves : 3-4


Butter : 4 tablespoons

Onion : 1 medium diced

Garlic : 3 cloves minced

Basmati Rice : 1 1/2 cups

Cumin : 1 teaspoon

Saffron : 10 strands

Ground Cinnamon : 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric: 1/2 teaspoon

Salt : 1 1/2 teaspoons

Ground black pepper : 1/2 teaspoon

Water : 2 1/2 cups


Take rice in a bowl and wash it 4-5 times until most of the starch is gone.

Heat butter in a pan, add onions and sauté for 3 minutes until they are translucent.

Add garlic, all spices, rice and sauté for 3 minutes.

Add water, stir, close lid and cook for 20 minutes until the rice is completely cooked. Turn off the stove and let it rest for 5 minutes before fluffing it and serving.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#110