Zafrani Pulao !!!

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Zafrani originates from the word Zafran  means Saffron and Pulao is a nawabi rice preparation . This southern Indian Rice pilaf is very popular nawabi cuisine In India .Its a Royal dish and full justice is done to its taste when prepared with expensive Ingredient Saffron. In olden days the famous “Indian Dawat” was not complete without this particular  dish. The aroma of spices, texture and colour of saffron gives it the right flavour to cater this to your foodie friends . Today’s dinner is gonna be loved by my folks .

Ingredients :  2 cups of soaked Basmati rice, 2 tablespoon of Desi Ghee (Butter can be a option), Few cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 large Bay leaf, 2 to 3 large cardamom, Shahi Jeera (Fine cumin seeds) 1 teaspoon,1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon sliced cashews, 1 tablespoon resins, 2 cups of onions sliced, 2 tablespoon mint and coriander chopped, 1 cup yoghurt, 1 cup deep fried sliced onions, 1/2 cup pomegranate , 1 teaspoon saffron soaked in 1/2 cup warm milk, Salt to taste.

 Servings : 4 to 5

Method : Heat Desi ghee or Butter in a deep and heavy bottom pan . Add cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 large Bay leaf,large cardamom,Shahi Jeera (Fine cumin seeds), and add almonds, cashews, and resins to it and saute it for 1 minutes . Stir in Onion slices and fry till onion turns brown, add in salt coriander and mint leaves and yoghurt. saute it for another 2 to 3 minutes. add in soaked basmati rice with salt and gradually add water . It should approximately be 3 cups. Cover the pan with a lid simmer it for 10 minutes. Once the rice is fully cooked add in Saffron soaked in warm milk along with pomegranate seeds and deep fried onions .close the lid again and cook it in slow flame for another 5 minutes. Once the rice is done garnish it with fried onions and mint leaves serve with flavoured Yoghurt. The saffron added lastly to give the right colour and texture to the rice .Also the golden colour of the rice just comes out beautifully as shiny as gold.

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