Vegan Turmeric and Saffron Rice | Rice Cooker Recipes

Today I am going to present a simple rice recipe that will add elegance and fragrance to your day-to-day meals. This simple flavorful rice dish adds richness to your parties and potlucks menu too. I always look out for simple rice recipes for my potlucks instead of plain white rice. I have already posted Brinji Masala rice which I usually serve along with Rajma gravy.  Let’s welcome the holiday season (can’t believe its Nov already) with this Turmeric and Saffron rice, a recipe inspired from the Indian fast food shop at my grad school. Indian Fast foods and food trucks are becoming popular these days and the combo meals and rice bowls which are easy to grab and go, makes it more popular here in US. 

The India food shop in my grad school used to have (I still believe they have these) three meal options. Rice bowl, as the name suggests its a rice bowl topped with any Indian curry/dal from their menu. Second, 1 item combo which basically contains 1 naan, 1 cup of rice with one curry from their menu. Third, 2 item combo which has 1 naan, 1 cup of rice and two curries.  The rice that comes along with this menu is the turmeric and jeera rice. I wanted to try that rice for a long time and finally got a chance to prepare it and here I am, sharing the same. I love the subtle sweetness in my food. So I included saffron and raisins to elevate the flavor in my recipe. This rice goes well with any Indian gravies, be it paneer based ones or lentil based ones.

Here is the vegan turmeric and saffron rice recipe that I prepared with rice cooker. Stay tuned for accompaniment recipe which is coming soon. :-)

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Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice – 1.5 cups
  • Water – 2.75 cups + 1/4 cup
  • Saffron – a pinch or about 6-7 strands
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 2 tsps
  • Raisins – for garnish
  • Cilantro – for garnish
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/8 tsp

Steps:

  • Wash the basmati rice and soak it in water for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Microwave 1/4 cup of water and add the saffron strands and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • After soaking, drain the water and add the rice to the rice cooker.
  • Remove the saffron strands from the water (they can be used for garnish) and set aside the saffron water.

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  • In a separate tadka pan, heat the  oil and once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and as they start to crackle, turn the heat off and add the turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Add this tempering to the rice.
  • Now add the 2.75 cups of water and the saffron soaked water, salt and sugar. Mix well and let the rice cooker do its job.
  • Once the rice is done, let it cool and transfer it to a plate and using the fork fluff the rice.
  • Finally add the raisins and chopped cilantro and mix.
  • Garnish it with soaked saffron and serve hot with your favorite gravy.

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Notes:

  • If you are not a vegan, ghee can be used for the tempering.
  • I used 1:2 as my rice to water ratio. This depends upon quality and the variety of rice too. I used basmati rice for this recipe. Also I used 2.75 cups of water + ¼ cup of saffron water which is 3 cups together for my 1.5 cups of rice. 
  • Adding sugar and dry fruits are optional and as the gravy contains salt, I added small amount of salt. Adjust these as per your preference.
  • You can add nuts(Cashews, almonds) also to this recipe. You can roast them separately in 1 tsp of oil and add it to the cooked rice.

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Vegan Turmeric and Saffron Rice | Rice Cooker Recipes
A simple vegan Turmeric and Saffron rice tempered with cumin seeds. This can be served along with any gravies and its a perfect party and potluck recipe.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Basmati Rice - 1.5 cups
  2. Water - 2.75 cups + 1/4 cup
  3. Saffron - a pinch or about 6-7 strands
  4. Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  5. Oil - 1 tbsp
  6. Cumin Seeds - 2 tsps
  7. Raisins - for garnish
  8. Cilantro - for garnish
  9. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  10. Sugar - 1/8 tsp
Instructions
  1. Wash the basmati rice and soak it in water for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Microwave 1/4 cup of water and add the saffron strands and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. After soaking, drain the water and add the rice to the rice cooker.
  4. Remove the saffron strands from the water (they can be used for garnish) and set aside the saffron water.
  5. In a separate tadka pan, heat the oil and once the oil is hot add the cumin seeds and as they start to crackle, turn the heat off and add the turmeric powder and mix well.
  6. Add this tempering to the rice.
  7. Now add the 2.75 cups of water and the saffron soaked water, salt and sugar. Mix well and let the rice cooker do its job.
  8. Once the rice is done, let it cool and transfer it to a plate and using the fork fluff the rice.
  9. Finally add the raisins and chopped cilantro and mix.
  10. Garnish it with soaked saffron and serve hot with your favorite gravy.
Notes
  1. If you are not a vegan, ghee can be used for the tempering.
  2. I used 1:2 as my rice to water ratio. This depends upon quality and the variety of rice too. I used basmati rice for this recipe. Also I used 2.75 cups of water + ¼ cup of saffron water which is 3 cups together for my 1.5 cups of rice.
  3. Adding sugar and dry fruits are optional and as the gravy contains salt, I added small amount of salt. Adjust these as per your preference.
  4. You can add nuts(Cashews, almonds) also to this recipe. You can roast them separately in 1 tsp of oil and add it to the cooked rice.
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  2. Excellent Share Vidya…Saffron has very good medicinal benefits…Apart from medicinal benefits, it possess beauty benifits as well. Thanks for posting such a wonderful post Vidya!! keep posting !!!

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