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This beautiful rice dish is the other half of the Chicken with Cherry Sauce meal I made the other day.  This rice is spiced and fragrant and it pairs amazingly well with not only Chicken with Cherry Sauce, but just about any curry dish you can think of.

White & Yellow Rice

(Yield:  4 servings)

1 1/2 cups basmati rice

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 bay leaf

2 whole cloves

1 pod cardamom, crushed

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1 1/2 cup boiling water

1 pinch saffron threads (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)

1 tablespoon boiling water

Put half a kettle of water on to boil.

Put rice in a mesh sieve and rinse under cold running water a couple minutes until water runs clear; set aside.

Add oil to a medium saucepan with a lid over high heat; once hot, add bay leaf, cloves, and cardamom pod and cook until fragrant (1-2 minutes).  Add rice and salt and cook (stirring occasionally) until fragrant (about 2 minutes).  Add 1 1/2 cup boiling water to rice and bring to a rolling boil.  Give it a stir, cover the pot, turn heat down to low, and cook 10 minutes (don’t open the pot while the rice cooks). 

After the rice is cooked, let the pot sit with the lid on for 15 minutes, then fluff the rice with a fork.  Transfer half the rice to a separate bowl.

In a small bowl, combine 1 pinch saffron threads (or turmeric, if you prefer) with 1 tablespoon boiling water; steep 1-2 minutes.  Stir the colored water into half the rice (the rice will turn yellow).

Mix together the yellow rice and white rice.

Gorgeous Persian Saffron

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. This is a lovely dish. I bet it would pair perfectly with my crockpot chicken curry. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. I love Indian/Middle Eastern inspired rice dishes, with the dry and fluffy texture, I could eat them by the bowlful! Beautiful roses and a beautiful dinner :-)

  3. This kind of rice is always terrific. I am amazed by the vibrant red of your saffron threads, as well as the sheer number. That must have cost a fortune!

  4. What a beautiful rice Faith! I bet is smelled fantastic as it cooked!

  5. I absolutely adore Indian-spiced rice dishes. So deliciously flavorful that you could eat them on their own and be super happy! This looks wonderful!

  6. Look at all that saffron! You lucky girl you! This rice dish looks perfect and very versatile.

  7. I am such a big rice fan and this dish is so fragant! Love love love it!

  8. Your rice looks wonderful. I can’t believe I’ve never used saffron at home…yet. :)

  9. This is a perfect dish for a gluten-free home. I have never seen purple saffron. Pretty, isn’t it?

  10. i must need a new strainer. when i tried to rinse my rice in it (a mesh type), i wound up with half the holes plugged with rice. i know it’s not as thorough as using a strainer, but i just use the sink sprayer to blast the rice whilst in the sauce pan, letting it fill nearly to the top. then i slowly pour it off. two, three times max and the water’s clear. probably wasting more water than you, though. cheers!

  11. I’ve always wondered how combination rice is made…as a person who LOVES rice this is a super helpful post. Thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to try it.

  12. What a beautiful rice dish. We usually eat white rice and it’s no where as close to being as pretty as this. I need to experiment with different rice more.

  13. Exotic flavorful dish and I think saffron is perfect to give it a royal yellow color!

  14. what a delicious rice dish. I eat rice often but most of them eat them plain. I need to experiment more! ;)

  15. Thank you Faith, I think this is the rice I’ve had at Indian restaurants! I will be using this with my next curry! Excited.

  16. I love rice and you have no idea how difficult it is to watch the pictures right now. Had I not given up rice, I would have made this asap!

  17. It’s not polite to make dishes that make people drool on their keyboards. I can’t tell you how much I was a big comforting dish of that rice.

  18. Saffron may be expensive, but it does amazing things to dishes! Great rice. <3

  19. I’ve always wondered what the secret was to this lovely multicolored rice whenever we go out and get Indian food- Now I know, and plan to make a big vat of it at home! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  20. It looks very Indian as well…and delicious with a side of curry. Yum!

  21. Faith, you rice looks perfect, light and fluffy…and so pretty with saffron. Have a great week :-)

  22. Saffron is one ingredient I am yet to try out…but I love it so :) The rice is beautiful! I love the contrast of the yellow against the white. It really adds to such a simple, cheap side like rice.

  23. Oh I like the spices in this rice dish, going to check out your chicken with cherry sauce, it sound so good;-)

  24. A perfect side dish! So fragrant.



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