How to make Kesarya Pulao -

Saffron, nuts, milk and spices with basmati rice - A delicious pulao.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Basmati Rice (बासमती चावल), Saffron

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Desserts

Kesarya Pulao

Kesarya Pulao Recipe Card


Hindi: chawal
How many times have we thought rice is a blessing? We use it for holy purposes but we also can pressure up a quick pulao or khichdi when hunger pangs are drumming away! This is one grain that is about 98% percent digestible. In India we are familiar with Basmati, Patna or brown rice but it is also available as Italian Rice and Glutinous Rice which is popular in Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Kesarya Pulao Recipe

  • Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups

  • Saffron 10-12

  • Cashewnuts 10-12

  • Raisins 10-15

  • Saffron (kesar) 1/4 teaspoon

  • Milk 1/4 cup

  • Ghee 3 tablespoons

  • Cloves 2

  • Cinnamon 1 inch stick

  • Salt to taste

  • Kewra water 1 teaspoon teaspoon


Step 1

Clean, wash and soak rice in three cups of water for fifteen minutes. Drain and keep aside. Slit almonds and cashews into two. Wash and soak raisins in one-fourth cup of water for ten to fifteen minutes, drain and keep aside.

Step 2

Soak saffron in one-fourth cup of warm milk and keep aside. Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed pan, add clove and cinnamon and allow to crackle. Add the slit almonds and cashewnuts and fry on low heat for two minutes.

Step 3

Add the drained rice and continue to fry for another two minutes. Add raisins, saffron milk, salt and two and a half cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat till rice is almost done.

Step 4

Sprinkle kewra water and cook on dum for another five minutes. Serve hot.

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