Saffron rice with almonds raisins

Saffron Rice with Almonds and Raisins

Saffron rice with almonds raisins
This delicious saffron rice with almond raisins was a hit at our recent holiday meal.


  • 3 1/2 cups of water or stock
  • 3 tablespoons of sunflower or light vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste – if you’re using stock to cook the rice, you may need less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of saffron threads
  • 2 1/2 cups of basmati or long-grain rice
  • 2/3 cup of raisins (I used golden raisins)
  • 1/2 cup of flaked, sliced or chopped almonds


  1. Grind the saffron threads in a spice mortar to a powdery texture.
  2. Rinse the rice in a mesh strainer for a few minutes.
  3. In a large pot, bring the water or stock to a boil with the oil and salt.
  4. Add the saffron and the rice to the pot. Let the mixture come to a boil again.
  5. Stir well, then set the heat on low.
  6. Cover the pot with a lid. Let the rice steam over low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until the rice is tender and little holes have appeared on the surface. Remove from heat. Leave the rice to rest covered for a few minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, cover the raisins with hot water for a few minutes till they become moist and plump.
  8. Toast the sliced almonds in a skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, till golden brown and aromatic. Keep a close eye, the almonds will burn if you don’t watch them.
  9. Drain the raisins. Use a fork to fluff the rice, integrating the drained raisins and toasted almonds as you mix. Serve warm and enjoy!

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