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 Ways to use Flavoursome SAFFRON into Your Cooking!

  Last Updated : Apr 19,2018






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Ways to use Saffron

Diwali is here and it’s time to pull out all the stops! This is one time of the year where diets take a back seat and we indulge in rich, fragrant and flavoursome goodies, using the best and most exclusive ingredients we can lay our hands on. Prominent among these is saffron (kesar), one of the most expensive spices in the world!

Derived from the saffron crocus flower, this delicate spice adds a beautiful golden-yellow hue and a distinctive aroma and flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes like Kesar Peda , Kesar Suva Rice with Broccoli Sauce and Mawa Kesar Roll .

While its culinary uses are plenty, it also has several health benefits. Saffron is said to provide relief from acidity and gas problems; it provides relief from joint pains and arthritis; improves vision; lowers cholesterol; and reduces fever. It also does wonders for the skin and is also used as an ingredient in several beauty products.

Where cooking is concerned, a little goes a long way – just a few strands of saffron can transform dishes ranging from desserts to fragrant rich gravies and pulaos like Kesarwale Paneer Kofte ki Subzi , Dry Fruit Kesar Kulfi and Saffron Rice. Here are some suggestions that you can serve your guests this festive season...

Ways To Use Saffron

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 by Tarla Dalal
The very mention of saffron brings to mind a royal experience, and indeed, this recipe maintains that reputation! Rice is flavoured aesthetically with saffron and rose water, and perked up with an assortment of dried fruits and nuts. Served with Mixed Vegetable Curry, the Saffron Rice offers an exquisite experience, which you will relish and remember forever. To create a meal combo also serve along Paneer and Broken Wheat Patties in Whole Wheat Pita Pocket .
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 by Tarla Dalal
No Indian meal is complete without a serving of our own desi ice-cream, the Kulfi! There are innumerable varieties of Kulfi, ranging from spice-tinged ones to fruity flavours too. This Dry Fruit Kulfi is a traditional recipe, in proper Mughlai style, loaded with dry fruits and flavoured with saffron and cardamom. This rich mithai, with a milky and spicy taste punctuated by the crunch of nuts is sure to delight you. The Dry Fruit Kulfi tastes even more awesome when topped with Falooda and Rabdi .
Nothing short of a royal creation, this recipe features a ring of rice, laced with saffron and dill, filled with a luscious broccoli sauce. The saffron lends a rich hue and aroma to the rice, while dill contributes its unique flavour to it. A dash of herbs and other ingredients like onions and green chillies make the broccoli sauce a tasty treat worthy of the intensely-flavoured rice. Arranged very appealingly, the Saffron Dill Rice with Broccoli Sauce is a delight to behold and devour! Do include this recipe for your next party buffet, it's delicious and attractive.
A mithai that is famous and well-loved all over India, the Coconut Barfi can now be prepared easily in the microwave oven. No need to sweat over the consistency of the sugar syrup or any such complications. Just follow the simple instructions, and very soon you will have a mouth-watering sweet, with the rich texture and flavour of coconut and khoya tinged with the intense aroma of saffron. In order to get the perfect colour and texture, make sure you scrape the coconut very finely, working on only the white portions and stopping as soon as you reach the brown crust, so you get pure white scrapings. Quickly whip up a sweet dish in the microwave oven during festivals like Diwali , Holi , Raksha Bandhan etc.
The Kesar Pista Badam Biscuit is a real delicacy with rich spicy notes. Assorted nuts give these biscuits a delectable crunch, while an array of spice powders give it a tantalising aroma. To press the nuts into the dough, roll lightly with a roller pin so that you don’t thin down the dough layer, but at the same time the nuts stick firmly to it. To get the perfect colour and texture, bake the biscuits for just 15 minutes. It might still seem soft when you take it out of the oven, but once the Kesar Pista Biscuits cool in the tray, they will turn crunchy. These biscuits are sure to be a family favourite and a perfect gift to make and give for festive occasions like Diwali , Christmas and Raksha - Bandhan .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Crisp outside and soft inside, these Paneer Koftas have the distinct flavour of grated ginger and the crunch of cashew nuts, which impart a richness that perfectly matches the gravy that dresses these koftas. The gravy features a mix of dairy products like milk, cream and curds, which are tinged with saffron and flavoured with whole spices. A cashew-onion-red chilli paste further enhances the flavour and texture of this luscious gravy, making the Kesarwale Paneer Kofte ki Subzi a luxurious dish that fits into nothing short of grand festive menus! Make sure you pair it with equally rich Puris , Parathas or Rotis to complete the kingly experience.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Kesar Peda has a characteristic opulence about it, with the dominant flavours of saffron and cardamom lacing the intense richness of mava. By using readymade mava we have brought down the cooking time required to make this traditional mithai. You still have to plan ahead when you want to prepare this, as it requires a day’s cooling. After being allowed to cool for a day, the mixture appears to be quite hard, but once you crumble it, you will get the required peda texture. You can prepare and store the Kesar Pedas in the fridge in an airtight container, for a week. You can also try your hand at other saffron based treats like the Kesar Sandesh Bhog , Kesar Malai Kulfi and Kesari Milk .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Rich and lusciously textured ice-cream made of the perfect combination of milk, milk powder and cream is sweetened just right and perked up with two of India’s most favourite and traditional flavours – kesar and elaichi. Popularly used in everything from kheer to sweets and milk shakes, these fantastic desi flavours make this ice-cream appeal to all, including elders! Enjoy it after a hearty meal, and lose yourself in its rich aroma and indulgent texture.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Rich creamy kulfi topped with falooda and rose syrup is a dessert which finds a place at every Indian buffet counter. Kulfi is our very own Indian ice-cream made from thickened and reduced milk flavoured with saffron and cardamom. Falooda is fresh cornflour "sev" (vermicelli). Kulfi falooda are almost synonymous and make perfect dessert mates. You will find ready dried falooda in the market which has to be rehydrated before use. But of course, nothing is as good as making it yourself!
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 by Tarla Dalal
Another variation of mawa peda which resembles a Swiss roll and is attractive to serve for any festive Occasion like Diwali , Diwali , Dassera .
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