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Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice – A quick and easy side dish filled with flavor. Made with just four simple ingredients, this rice is perfect served with everything from Indian to Mexican food.

Saffron Rice

It’s Freaky Friday time again! This time, it is our Spring Edition and I am so excited to share this saffron rice recipe from Healing Tomato with you guys! Freaky Friday is where a bunch of bloggers are all assigned different blogs and we make a recipe from their site to share! None of us know who is assigned to our site so it ends up a fun surprise and a great way to get to know each other and our sites better! It is organized by Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and it’s so fun!

So I’ve been in groups with Rini for many years now and she has some fantastic vegan and vegetarian recipes that I have been wanting to try out! We both have a background in the technology industry (both of us were sys admins!) and she started her site as a creative outlet and the name of the site comes from her love of tomatoes.  Some of the other ones I considered whipping up included her caprese tart, watermelon lassi, and palak makhani.

It was a really tough choice picking which recipe to make since there were quite a few that I was interested in but I ended up deciding on her saffron rice.  I grew up eating that bag of neon yellow spanish saffron rice growing up that was chocked full of salty deliciousness so when I realized you could make that same dish right at home with ingredients that are probably already in your pantry, I was on board!

Now I made a few changes to Rini’s recipe to make it a bit my own and simplified as her’s calls for a few extra spices such as cardamom so if you want to jazz it up even more, go check out her version by clicking here! Part of why I cut it down a bit was because I live in a rural enough area that it was difficult to even find saffron up here, let alone cardamom pods and cloves that aren’t already ground but I thought it tasted fantastic and I was super happy with it!

Can’t get enough of this saffron rice recipe? Try these other recipes!

  • Mango Lassi – Fresh mango, yogurt, milk, and cardamom blended together into a delicious drink!
  • Chicken Tempura – Light and crispy breaded chicken deep fried until golden brown!
  • Filipino Carioca – Fried sticky rice balls with a coconut caramel sauce that are addicting!
  • Teriyaki Chicken – This authentic Japanese recipe only takes 20 minutes to make! All you need is 5 simple ingredients and it’s way cheaper than getting it at a restaurant!

Yield: 8 servings

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice - A quick and easy side dish filled with flavor. Made with just four simple ingredients, this rice is perfect served with everything from Indian to Spanish food.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 cup basmati rice (or jasmine)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (or unsalted butter)
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth


  1. In a small bowl, combine the saffron threads and hot water. Let bloom for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium pot, combine water (or vegetable broth), rice, saffron, and ghee (or butter). Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low to cook for about 15 minutes, making sure not to lift the lid while the rice cooks. The liquid should absorb by then.
  3. Fluff with a spoon and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information can vary depending on the specific products you choose so this is a general guess of the correct nutritional information based on the products I used. Please keep that in mind when making the recipe.

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Michaela Kenkel

Sunday 29th of September 2019

I can't get over how simple this was to make! I loved the flavors, and we will be eating this again for sure!

Jennifer A Stewart

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Saffron is such an amazingly fragrant spice and even though it's expensive it is totally worth it! I just need some patience and let it bloom more so my rice gets the full flavor! I loved this rice with the pork chops we had for dinner!

Erin Parker

Sunday 29th of September 2019

I wish I had the ingredients to make this Saffron Rice right now because I could go for a big 'ol bowl! You can't go wrong with these ingredients, and I love how flavor-packed they are!

Healing Tomato

Sunday 29th of September 2019

You did an amazing job on this recipe. The rice looks so good. I could definitely go for a big bowl now. Thank you for making this recipe. I am delighted to see your take on it.


Saturday 28th of September 2019

I love everything saffron and this is such a simple yet elegant side dish. Love it!

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