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Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill

Valentina K. Wein
Aromatic, pretty and utterly delicious, this Saffron Basmati Rice Recipe with Fresh Dill is a fantastic compliment to almost anything . . . meats, fish, vegetables, you name it!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Spanish
Servings 4
Calories 170 kcal


  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, washed and dried, roughly chopped


  • Add the pinch of saffron threads to a mortar. Use the pestle to grind the spice until it's a powder. This should only take a few seconds, and will yield less than 1/8 teaspoon, which is all you need.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of the water to the mortar and then pour this, along with the remaining water into a medium-sized soup pot. Bring it to a very gentle simmer and then turn off the heat. Let it steep for at least 15 minutes.
  • Now pour the rice into a fine mesh strainer and rinse it thoroughly, and then add it to the pot, along with the salt and olive oil.
  • Gently stir and then bring to a boil. Immediately turn the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook just until all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Fold in the dill and serve.
Keywords unique vegan sides, great side dishes for meats and stews
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