Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter Z
Theme: A-Z Vegetarian dishes from Andhra Pradesh
Dish: Zafrani Pulao/ Saffron Rice/ Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao
I can’t believe today’s the last day for our month long Blogging Marathon. This month flew by so fast and I’ve enjoyed cooking dishes from my home state of Andhra Pradesh. It has been quite a culinary journey that involved learning new dishes that I’ve never known or made before (like Vegetarian Haleem or Sheer Qurma) and making some traditional dishes that I’ve grown up with (like Lauju or kobbari kura or these comforting dals).
For the final letter Z, I made Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao. This dish was almost set in stone and never changed throughout the marathon planning. I couldn’t think of any other dish with Z and was happy the minute I found this recipe on Vahrehvah site.
Recipe adapted from VahrehVah.
Zafrani Pulao/ Saffron Rice/ Hyderabadi Zafrani Pulao
- 1½ cups Basmati rice
- 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp Ginger-garlic paste
- ½ tsp Saffron
- 2 chilies Green - slit
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 tbsp Butter - cut into pats
- 3 Cloves
- 3 cardamom Green
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 Cinnamon " stick
- 2 - 3 tbsps Dry fruits (cashews, almonds, raisins)
- to taste Salt
- Wash, rinse and soak basmati rice in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
- Roast the saffron in a small pan for 15-30 seconds. Then using a pestle or a spoon powder saffron. Add warm milk to it and set it aside until ready to use.
- Heat 1tbsp oil in a large saute pan and roast the nuts and raisins until golden, remove into a small bowl. In the same pan heat 2tbsp oil; add the whole garam masala (cloves through shahjeera from the list) and cook for 30-60 seconds or until it starts to smell fragrant.
- Add the onions and green chilies and cook until onions turn translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for another minute.
- Next add 2cups of water and the nuts, mix well; bring the mixture to a simmer and add the drained rice. Cover and cook on high heat until almost all of the water is absorbed.
- Now lower the heat and stir in the saffron milk; very gently mix it into the rice. Arrange the pats of butter over the rice. Cover and cook on very low heat for 5-7 minutes.
- If you feel that the water is not enough to cook the rice, then sprinkle some water on the top and cook covered until done.
G for Gongura Pulihora
H for Haleem/ Vegetarian Haleem
I for Iguru/ Vankaya-Senagapappu Iguru
J for Jonna Pindi Kudumulu K for Kakarakaya Podi Kura L for Lauju/ Laskora (Kobbari Lauju) M for Menthi kura Pappu N for Nuvvulu-Mamidikaya Pachadi O for Onion Pachadi P for Pindi Miriyam Q for Qabooli Biryani R for Ragi-Barley Sankati S for Sheer Qurma T for Thelega Pindi Kura U for Upma-Pesarattu V for Veg Dum Biryani W for Wadiyala Pulusu X for Xperience Hyderabadi Irani Samosa & Chai Y for Yakhni Pulao X for Xperience Hyderabadi Irani Samosa & Chai Y for Yakhni Pulao