Who doesn’t love Zafrani Pulao? The famous vegetarian Awadhi fragrant rice is a mildly sweet delicacy prepared with nuts and saffron and is an absolute delight!
To make Zafrani Pulao, the first step is to wash and soak the basmati rice for a quarter of an hour and then drain it. After heating ghee in a large pan, add spices such as cardamoms, whole cloves, and a halved cinnamon, and allow them to splutter before adding the rice and stirring it gently for 30 seconds. Add hot water and cover the rice till it’s about half done before adding milk to it so that each grain isn’t mushy, but separate. Rub and dissolve the saffron into hot milk next, before adding cashews, 3-4 almonds, raisins, and sugar to the half-cooked rice. Cover this mixture securely and allow the rice to cook completely and properly.
Stir the mixture gently, allowing all the extra moisture to escape from it, leaving a properly cooked, yet non-mushy mixture behind. Garnish this delicacy with the remaining cashews and almonds and serve hot with raita!