Saffron Recipes

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Baked Eggplant with Cashews

Rating: 3.77 stars
A tasty and easy dish that's just about a meal all by itself. An equal amount of paprika may be substituted for the saffron.

Stovetop Saffron Rice

Rating: 4.51 stars
Takes a little time but well worth the wait!

Spicy Thai Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
A delicious sweet and spicy soup perfect on a cold winter night. Best served with a loaf of crusty bread.

Perfect Flourless Orange Cake

Rating: 4.37 stars
A beautiful moist light cake with complex and full flavors of oranges and orange peel. Super easy to make, and people love it! Serve in wedges with a mound of whipped cream or ice cream.

Khoresht Fesenjaan (Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce)

Rating: 3.76 stars
This is a well-known Persian dish of chicken with a pomegranate and walnut sauce. Khoresht Fesenjan should be served with white rice.

Easy Paella

Rating: 4.59 stars
An easy to make paella using chorizo, chicken, and shrimp.

Authentic Paella Valenciana

Rating: 4.05 stars
I lived in Spain for two years where I was taught the art of making the Paella which originated in Valencia. I haven't found anything on here which is even close to authentic, so I thought I would add this recipe for those who would like to try a taste of Spain. First and foremost you will need a special paella pan called a paellera or just a paella. Trust me after you taste this you'll be glad you bought the special pan.

Chicken Biryani

Rating: 4.3 stars
This is a delicious Pakistani/Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as weddings, parties, or holidays such as Ramadan. It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is definitely worth it. For biryani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the ideal variety to use. Ghee is butter that has been slowly melted so that the milk solids and golden liquid have been separated and can be used in place of vegetable oil to yield a more authentic taste.

Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice and Chicken

Rating: 4.51 stars
This was the first Arabic dish I ever made and it turned out extremely delicious, a new favorite! Serve Al Kabsa with a fresh mixed cucumber, carrot, lettuce, and tomato salad -- preferably with a little lime vinaigrette. Some fresh pita bread on the side would be nice also. Saudis like their Kabsa with a hot sauce called 'Shattah'. Enjoy!

Risotto alla Milanese

Rating: 4.71 stars
Typical Italian risotto as the tradition of my city wants it. Directly from Milano I send you this wonderful recipe!

Indian Saffron Rice

Rating: 4.41 stars
Indian saffron is richer, darker in its red-orange color then the Spanish or Italian, and gives a better flavor to rice. The saffron should always be steeped in hot water ahead of time and used as part of the liquid in the recipe. The following is a recipe prepared in the Indian manner.

Mamacita's Mexican Rice

Rating: 4.47 stars
My mother-in-law gave me this basic Mexican rice recipe that I've updated. Here it is.

Inspiration and Ideas

Paella I
Rating: Unrated
A very traditional paella, garnished with chorizo, chicken, peas, squid, mussels, and shrimp. Chorizo is a sausage spiced with garlic and chili powder; remove casing before cooking. A paella pan is recommended.
Saffron Rice
Rating: Unrated
This simple recipe for saffron rice includes butter, onion, and saffron. It has been used in my family for quite some time and has always been a favorite.

Kashmiri Lamb

Rating: 4.61 stars

This recipe has been with me for over 30 years; it was given to me by a Kashmiri guy I shared a house with when I was 17. This is his mum's family recipe. Kashmir's cuisine combines the area's fruits and nuts with the ingredients and the cooking style of the Moghuls. This rich stew makes a marvelous main dish. Serve it with hot steamed rice or crusty breads. This is lovely!