Rice with Saffron and Nuts

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INGREDIENTS

– 1 cup basmati rice
– 1 pinch saffron threads
– 2 tablespoons hot water
– 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
– 1/4 cup almonds, sliced or slivered
– 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped
– Salt to taste
– Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

PREPARATION METHOD

1. **Prepare the Saffron:**
– In a small bowl, soak the saffron threads in hot water. Set aside for about 10-15 minutes to allow the saffron to infuse the water with its color and flavor.

2. **Cook the Rice:**
– Rinse the basmati rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This helps remove excess starch.
– In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the rinsed rice. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid, and let the rice simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.

3. **Toast the Nuts:**
– While the rice is cooking, heat the butter or ghee in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and pistachios, and toast them until they are lightly golden and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. **Combine Everything:**
– Once the rice is cooked, fluff it gently with a fork. Pour the saffron water (along with the saffron threads) over the rice and gently fold it in to distribute evenly. This will give the rice a beautiful yellow color and a subtle saffron flavor.
– Add the toasted nuts to the rice, reserving a few for garnish if desired. Mix gently to combine. Adjust salt to taste.

5. **Serve:**
– Transfer the saffron and nut rice to a serving dish. Garnish with the reserved nuts and fresh cilantro or parsley, if using.

Enjoy your delicious Saffron and Nut Rice as a side dish or a flavorful main course!