Today we are exploring this Persian delicacy along with the magical aroma, delicate fluffy texture, tantalizing flavour and sweet taste of the original Dehraduni basmati – Taj Supreme!
Serving Size 8
• 3 quarts water
• 3 tablespoons kosher salt
• 2 cups Taj Supreme basmati rice, rinsed
• 1 pinch ground cumin
• salt to taste
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 russet potato, cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 3 tablespoons butter, cut into thin slices, or to taste
• 1 pinch saffron threads
• 1 ½ tablespoons hot water
• 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, or to taste
Step 1: Bring water and kosher salt to a boil in a pot; add rice and cook, stirring, for exactly 7 minutes. Drain.
Step 2: Heat olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Cover bottom of pot with 1 layer of potato slices. Sprinkle cumin and salt over potatoes. Cook until potatoes are sizzling, 2 to 3 minutes; top potatoes with rice to form an even layer. Reduce heat to low and place butter slices over rice.
Step 3: Top pot with a layer of clean paper towels and place lid over towels. Steam until rice is fluffy, about 45 minutes.
Step 4: Grind saffron threads with a mortar and pestle. Mix crushed saffron with 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water in a large bowl. Add a couple spoonful of rice to saffron mixture and stir until rice is yellow.
Step 5: Spoon remaining rice into a serving bowl, top with saffron rice, and line edges of bowl with potatoes. Garnish with parsley.
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