May 24

Saffron Rice with Raisins and Almonds

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Saffron Rice with Raisins and Almonds

I recently had a craving for saffron rice, so made up a big pan of it, throwing in some golden raisins for sweetness and slivered almonds for crunch and a bit of nuttiness.

Slivered almonds and golden raisins

Usually I make saffron rice on the stove, which usually results in me stressing out because I’m worried that I’ll get distracted and burn the rice.  Having two little kids running around tends to make this a reoccurring possibility.  This is one of the many reasons that I usually use a rice cooker to make rice.  This time I decided to get the broth for the rice started on the stove top, but finish cooking the rice in the oven.  This helped take care of my burned rice problem.  I just had to make sure and take it out of the oven when the timer went off.  Now that I can do!

Cooking Saffron Rice

Even better was the fact that I only got one pan dirty because I used my favorite sauce pan from ManPans which is oven-safe.  Woot!  If you don’t have an oven safe sauce pan, then put the rice in a casserole dish and pour the prepared broth over the rice and then put it into the oven.

Saffron Rice

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Saffron Rice with Raisins and Almonds

Makes 8 servings

4 cups chicken broth
1 cup (8 ounces) butter
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon saffron threads
2 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium high heat in a 4 quart oven-safe sauce pan. Stir in the butter, saffron, and onion. Continue to cook and stir until the butter has melted.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in the rice. Cover the saucepan and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the raisins and almonds and serve.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Yuri May 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Can you believe I still don’t own a ManPan? Ahhhh Maybe I’ll get one as a Bday present :) I love fruit & nut combinations, this reminds me of a rice dish my mom makes for Xmas. She doesn’t use saffron, I’ll ask her to try this! xoxo


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

@Yuri, Time to get on that! ;)


Brian @ A Thought For Food May 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Such a simple and flavorful side dish! May give it a try with a little coconut too (I love coconut).


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

@Brian @ A Thought For Food, It would be fabulous with coconut!


Karin May 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I think my little ones would love this rice. Safron, almonds and raisins, how oculd that not be a succes?


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

@Karin, Would love to hear if you try it!


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I’ve wanted to cook with saffron for as long as I’ve been cooking! So flavorful…now I just have to find some that won’t break the bank!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

@Heather (Heather’s Dish), Yes, it is definitely expensive! If you go to an Asian or Middle Eastern market, you may be able to find some lower grade, less expensive saffron!


Nisrine M. May 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I made a very similar recipe a while ago and it’s one of my favorites.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

@Nisrine M., I love saffron rice too! I’ve never made with the raisins and nuts, but have had it that way at restaurants and was craving it last week, so was happy when it turned out!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Rachael, I love this! I make rice with TJ’s mango chutney and it has mango-ish raisins in it. And I also have a curried lentils and raisin dish on my site, too. I love raisins with rice or lentils…they add such flavor and fun-ness to the dish :)


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

@Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga), Ooooh, mango would be really good in this rice too!!


Susan @ SGCC May 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Looks great! I’m a big fan of fruit and nuts in my rice. Never cooked it in the oven, though. I’ll have to try that next time.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm

@Susan @ SGCC, Thanks Susan!


Katrina May 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Beautiful dish!


Sylvia Morton May 25, 2011 at 6:42 am

I tweeted, too.


chloe @ 321delish May 25, 2011 at 6:49 am

this is a family favorite in my house! We have also added in bing cherries. They are delicious!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

@chloe @ 321delish, Oooh, I love the idea of adding in cherries. I have to try that!


[email protected] May 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

Oh what a lovely, elegant dish.


LiztheChef May 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Great vegan meal for me if I use vegetable broth – just scored some saffron too…


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

@LiztheChef, For sure!! And yay for the saffron score! :)


kankana May 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I never made rice in the oven .. i at times microwave it. But for flavored rice i think stove top or oven should be the only choice. It’s looking gorgeous .. would love to have that with some yogurt on side!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

@kankana, Thank you so much kankana!


[email protected] May 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

Mmmm, saffron and raisins, always a winning combo. This looks so hearty and delightful!


Angela May 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

YUM! I love this stuff! Do you know how to make the tadik at the bottom too? I haven’t tried yet, but I’ve been craving the crunchy saffron rice too!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) May 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

@Angela, I wish I did Angela! That sounds delicious!


Randell March 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is fantastic, as well as the content!


Julia November 13, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Hello Rachel Just wanted to share I have been cooking this rice regularly for 4-5 years . I just love it and I always get compliments. Just wanted to say Thank you !!!


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