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Name:Kesar Pilau Contributor:Martin Golding
Description:Saffron and lemon sweet pilau Posted:1999-05-14
Key words:rice, Indian Category:Side Dishes
ID:144 Updated:2005-11-28 08:06:26
Ingredients:1 Tbsp ghee
6 cardamom pods, bruised
4 whole cloves
1 small stick cinnamon
1-1/4 c long grain rice
2 c hot water
1/4 c lemon juice
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp saffron strands
2 Tbsp very hot water
Preparation:Heat ghee in a heavy sauce pan and fry cardamom pods, cloves and cinnamon for 3 minutes.
Add rice and fry, stirring, for 4 or 5 minutes over low heat.
Add water, lemon juice, sugar and salt, stir well and bring to the boil over high heat. Turn heat low, cover and cook 10 minutes.
Meanwhile pour hot water over saffron strands and allow to soak for 5 minutes. Press the strands between your fingers to extract as much color as possible.
At end of the 10 minutes lift lid of pan and sprinkle saffron water and strands over the rice. Do not stir.
Replace lid and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Uncover, allow steam to escape for a few minutes, remove whole spices. Fluff rice gently with fork before serving.
Notes:From The Complete Asian Cookbook

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