Basanti Meethe Chawal/Kesariya Rice/How to make Saffron Rice

Basanti Meethe Chawal/Kesariya Rice/How to make Saffron Rice

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Today is Basant Panchami, the festival of kites. This festival signals the change in season or more accurately, marks the advent of spring season. There is an old saying ‘Aayi basant, paala udant’ and that’s true as well. After basant, pleasant cool breeze replaces chilly winds of winter. The warmth of the sun gives comfort from the cold.

There is beauty all around as the trees/plants are laden with beautifully colored flowers which is a treat to the eyes.

Basant Panchami is celebrated all over India, but in North, especially Punjab, it is celebrated with full fervor. People wear yellow colored clothes because yellow color is associated with blooming of the mustard crop. Sweetened saffron rice or halwa is made during this day.

Basant Panchami has a special significance in my life. This is the day, when I was blessed with my first child i.e. my son. So it’s a double celebration for me. Celebrations without something meetha is incomplete and what’s better than Saffron Rice. So here is my method of making meethe chawal.

Meethe Chawal

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Basanti Meethe Chawal/Kesariya Rice/How to make Saffron Rice
Why to wait for basant panchmi to make these meethe chawal, when you can enjoy it any day.
Meethe Chawal
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 5 min
Servings
persons
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 15 min
Passive Time 5 min
Servings
persons
Ingredients
Meethe Chawal
Instructions
  1. Rinse basmati rice 2-3 times in water and soak for any about 30 minutes.
  2. Take a medium sized heavy based pan, add ghee and heat at medium flame.
  3. Heat cashew nuts and raisins in the pan and fry lightly. Take out and keep aside.
  4. In the remaining ghee, fry cloves, black cardamom, and cinnamon till fragrant.
  5. Add rice and 1 ½ cup of water.
  6. When the rice come to a boil, reduce the heat, cover rice and let them cook.
  7. In the meanwhile, make sugar syrup by heating ½ cup of water and sugar. Cook it till the sugar dissolves and keep aside.
  8. Dissolve saffron in ¼ cup of hot water.
  9. When the water in the rice almost dries up, add sugar syrup and fried cashew and raisins.
  10. Pour saffron mixture over the rice. I like my rice a mixture of yellow and white. So sprinkle saffron mixture intermittently. If you want uniform yellow color you can put saffron in sugar syrup itself.
  11. Gently mix them so that rice is coated with sugar and saffron mixture.
  12. Let the rice cook further on low heat till almost all the moisture is evaporated.
  13. Turn off the flame and let it rest for 5-6 minutes.
  14. Fluff up the rice with a fork and serve hot garnished with fried cashew.
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