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557 saffron recipes

Last Updated : Feb 23,2024

केसर रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (saffron recipes in Hindi)
કેસર રેસીપી - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (saffron recipes in Gujarati)

saffron recipes | 561 indian kesar recipes |

Saffron recipe collection. Kesar, or more commonly known as saffron, is one of the most known and expensive spice in the world. It is actually the stigmas (thread like things found in the flower that carry pollen seeds) that are dried up and used to provide flavor, color and seasoning. The fact that it is so labor intensive and has a unique flavor, is the reason for it being so expensive.

Kesar provides a beautiful yellow color to the food it is added to and has a mild grassy, sweetish taste. Even though it is seems like a sweet taste, it is still added to savory dishes to give them a royal taste. To use saffron, you have to take a few strands and add them to warm milk or water for 10 mins till it dissolves. Even a few strands are enough to flavor an entire dish.

Saffron Recipes for Indian Sweets


Ever wonder how many Indian Sweets and desserts have a very natural, subtle honey like taste and a distinct yellow color? Look no further, because the answer is saffron. Kesar is being used in India since first introduced and we have no looked back since. The most eaten and talked about desserts – Jalebi, Kesar Peda and Rasmalai, all have a beautiful kesar flavor running through them.


In the South, a famous sweet dish called Kesari Bhaat, is the southern equivalent of sheera, made with rava and flavored with saffron and cardamom. The mix of saffron, cardamom, pistachio and almonds is actually age old. It is the golden combination where each flavor complements the other well, resulting in so many different desserts like Kesar Malai Kulfi, Rasmalai, Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand, each having a distinct taste.

Kesar Recipes for Drinks

Haldi DoodhHaldi Doodh

mere pinch of saffron can create wonders in terms of flavor and color. Apart from these qualities, it is also healthy. Because it is filled with antioxidants and nutrients, it is used in many drinks as well. Haldi Doodh is consumed at night because of the sleep inducing properties it has and is known to cure insomnia.  Saffron Lemon Drink is a drink that makes saffron the hero! It has no milk or any spice to mask the flavor of saffron and is very rejuvenating.  Adding kesar to your smoothie or milk can increase its health quotient.

Indian Saffron Recipes

Lajjatdar Handi BiryaniLajjatdar Handi Biryani

Kashmiri saffron is of a very high quality which makes the food it is added to look very royal! That is one of the main reasons it is used in Indian food!  Speaking of royal, you think of rich densely flavored dishes. Shahi Pulao is one of those dishes that is packed with spices and their aromas with the bright yellow color of saffron making it even more inviting. Not only pulaos, a mix of a saffron and milk is added to various biryanis as well, like the Lajjatdar Handi Biryani and Kabuli Chana Kofta Biryani, to give a subtle seasoning to your palate.

Kesarwale Paneer Kofte ki SubziKesarwale Paneer Kofte ki Subzi

Mughlai cuisine knows the appropriate use of saffron! They use it in their rice preparations, subzis and even soups! Zaffrani soup is basically a flavorful broth thickened with a milk-cornflour mixture and seasoned with saffron for its color. Since it works as a dyeing agent, you can use it to give color to any food of your choice. The beloved Tandoori Paneer Tikka has a hint of saffron too! A grand subzi to give a festive feeling is Kesarwale Paneer Kofte Ki Subzi which has a luscious gravy of onions, curd and whole spices.

Hope you enjoyed this collection of Kesar Recipes.

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Saffron Chenna Pie
Recipe# 4820
09 Jun 21

 by Tarla Dalal
When we are kids, moms worry about avoiding cavities in our teeth, and when we get older we start worrying about tooth decay. In short, taking care of our teeth is a headache during most stages of our life! Well, taking care of your teeth can be fun too. Here, for instance, we show you how to supple ....
Apple and Saffron Sauce
Recipe# 1424
23 Nov 15

by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Apple and saffron sauce is a dessert sauce made with apples and is given an indian touch by use of saffron. It can be served with sandesh or many different indian desserts either hot or cold.
Kesar Malai Kulfi, Saffron Kulfi
Recipe# 4103
07 Jul 15

by Tarla Dalal
Cold though it is, kulfi has a way of warming your heart, perhaps due to the spicy overtones of saffron and cardamom or the intense richness of freshly condensed milk. Kesar Malai Kulfi is one of the perfect dessert ....
Stuffed Malpuas with Paneer and Strawberry in Saffron Syrup
Recipe# 1119
20 Aug 12

 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Just plain malpuas can be very tasty, but Stuffed Malpuas in Saffron Syrup is far, far beyond the normal! Once Malpuas are immersed in saffron syrup, they become softer and tastier. Add to this a stuffing made of strawberry, almonds, raisins and cottage cheese, and you have a rich treat on th ....
Saffron Lemon Drink, Kesar and Lemon Drink
Recipe# 499
26 May 23

 by Tarla Dalal
saffron lemon drink recipe | Indian saffron lemonade | kesar and lemon drink | saffron mocktail | with 10 images. It is quite common to add saffron to kheer, mithai and milky drinks too. Bu ....
Saffron Rice, Kesar Chawal
Recipe# 22597
21 Jan 10

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 a ....
Stuffed Apples in Saffron Sauce
Recipe# 22334
07 Jul 12

by Tarla Dalal
A delicately flavoured stuffing elevates the simple apple to an ambrosial delight!
Saffron Dill Rice with Broccoli Sauce, Kesar Suva Rice with Broccoli Sauce
Recipe# 1630
29 Jun 16

 by Tarla Dalal
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 ....
Saffron Chenna Pie ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33955
20 Aug 10

 by Tarla Dalal
Fresh and soft paneer has a light yet rich feel. Add saffron to that, and the scales definitely tilt in favour of luxury even though this innovative pie does not have maida, ghee, or any such heavy ingredients. Even the amount of sugar used is relatively less. Moreover, the microwave makes it very e ....
Hyderabadi Osmania Biscuit, Saffron Flavoured Biscuits
Recipe# 41597
25 Apr 20

 by Tarla Dalal
Hyderabadi Osmania Biscuit is one of the most famous treats in that region. A must-buy item on the shopping list of every visitor, these saffron-tinged biscuits have a rich milky taste and buttery mouth-feel. Take a bite and let it rest on your palate for a few seconds to be engulfed by the magi ....
Saffron Cardamom Almond Milk, Healthy Vegan Breakfast Recipe
Recipe# 42187
02 Feb 21

 by Tarla Dalal
saffron cardamom almond milk recipe | cardamom and saffron almond milk | kesar badam milk | saffron almond milk - healthy vegan breakfast recipe | saffron almond milk shake ....
Saffron Orange Drink
Recipe# 41191
17 Oct 16

 by Tarla Dalal
Saffron is an obvious addition to traditional coolers and milk-based drinks, but did you ever think of adding it to orange juice? Well, you are in for an extraordinary culinary surprise. This absolutely unique drink combines fresh orange juice and saffron, resulting in a lovely sunshine orange c ....
Masala Milk, Saffron Masala Milk Recipe
Recipe# 40765
04 Oct 19

 by Tarla Dalal
masala milk | masala doodh | masala milk made from masala milk powder | with 6 amazing images. Masala Milk is a highly flavourful milk, which is derived from the Maharastrain cuisine. It ....
Moong Dal Halwa
Recipe# 3914
25 Jan 23

 by Tarla Dalal
moong dal halwa recipe | Rajasthani traditional moong dal halwa | authentic moong dal halwa | with 21 amazing images. moong dal halwa is a classic recipe that is relished throughout Rajasth ....
Badam ka Halwa
Recipe# 3915
28 Feb 23

 by Tarla Dalal
badam ka halwa recipe | badam halwa | almond halwa | Indian almond halwa | with amazing 23 images. badam ka halwa recipe, an
Atte ka Malpua
Recipe# 3911
16 May 23

 by Tarla Dalal
atte ka malpua recipe | easy wheat flour malpua | Rajasthani malpua | Indian sweet recipe | atte ka malpua recipe is a fascinating Indian sweet recipe with fabul ....
Amla Murabba
Recipe# 3426
04 Sep 23

 by Tarla Dalal
amla murabba recipe | amla ka murraba | with amazing 22 images. An invaluable winter preserve. Amlas (Indian gooseberries) are a major ingredient in several herbal tonics as they are reputed to be good for the liver, eyes and stomach. Amlas ar ....
Recipe# 1991
02 Nov 22

 by Tarla Dalal
jalebi recipe | authentic jalebi | halwai style jalebi | homemade crispy jalebi without curd and yeast | with 32 amazing images. Jalebi recipe is a traditional In ....
Gulab Jamun
Recipe# 2854
26 Nov 13

 by Tarla Dalal
Sweet and sour, salt and spice, every experience needs to be coupled with a complementary, often contrasting experience in order to bring out the best of both. Likewise, a chaat platter must be finished off with a rich dessert in order to complete the enjoyment. And, what better mithai can you choos ....
Basundi ( Gujarati Recipe) Recipe - How To Make Basundi
Recipe# 633
09 Sep 20

 by Tarla Dalal
basundi | gujarati basundi | how to make basundi Gujarati basundi is a rich and delicious Gujarati mishtan of thickened milk, very sim ....
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
10 Nov 21

 by Tarla Dalal
rice kheer recipe | chawal ki kheer | Indian rice pudding | with 16 amazing images With the onset of the festive season, every other day there is a reason to prepare something sweet and tempting! Of the many
Puran Poli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 637
21 Mar 22

by Tarla Dalal
puran poli recipe | Gujarati puran poli | authentic puran poli | vedmi | with amazing 29 images. Puran poli is a famous sweet Indian flat-bread. There is the
Amla Murabba, Rajasthani Recipe
Recipe# 3903
21 Feb 23

by Tarla Dalal
amla murabba recipe | Rajasthani amla murraba | Indian gooseberry murabba | with amazing 22 images. An evergreen Rajasthani recipe, the amla murabba is a wonderful accompaniment to any mea ....
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