Kesari Bhaat

Rich and sweet traditional rice preparation made usually during Indian festivals This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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 Kesari  Bhaat

Main Ingredients Saffron threads, Basmati rice
Cuisine Indian
Course Mithais
Prep Time 26-30 minutes
Cook time 21-25 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Sweet
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg

Ingredients list for Kesari Bhaat

  • a few + for garnish Saffron threads , soaked in 1 tablespoon water +
  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice , soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 1 tablespo to sprinkle Raisins
  • 1 tablespo to sprinkle Cashewnuts , chopped
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Green cardamom powder


  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add raisins and cashewnuts and sauté till raisins become plump and nuts become light golden. Drain on a plate and set aside.
  2. Add rice to the ghee remaining in the pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add saffron water and mix well. Add 3 cups water, mix, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Add saffron water and mix well. Add sugar and mix well. Add green cardamom powder, mix, cover and continue to cook till all the water has been absorbed and the rice is done.
  4. Transfer onto a serving plate, garnish with fried raisins and cashewnuts and few saffron threads and serve hot.