Saffron Rice

Have I mentioned how much we love Indian food ❤. Since we’re having game day Vegetable Pakora, I decided Tandoori Chicken and Yellow Rice would pair nicely for our evening meal.

This rice has bright flavors with the saffron and turmeric and is a perfect rice/side dish, you can serve with:

  • Or you can even add extra goodness, like peas or carrot 👍

Some Notes

  • Don’t be afraid of salt when using great spices like garlic, saffron and turmeric.
  • I would suggest soaking the saffron threads for 10 minutes in 1/2 cup of warm/boiling to open up the flavors.

I hope you enjoy!

Saffron Rice

Jackie’s Eats & Treats
A fragrant rice and perfect side!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Mediterranean


  • 1 cup jasmine or basmati rice
  • cups chicken stock
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • ½ cup warm/boiling water, for soaking your saffron
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  • Prepare your ingredients and bloom your saffron threads with ½ cup of boiling water.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt your butter on medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add your onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Once the onions become fragrant, add your garlic and saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Add your rice and toast for a few minutes.
  • Add your chicken stock, saffron (with the water) and turmeric and stir together.
  • Allow the rice to come to boil.
  • Once the rice comes to boil, reduce to a low simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes and DON'T remove the lid until 15 minutes is up.
  • Once 15 minutes is up, remove the lid and fluff the rice with wooden spoon or fork.
  • Serve warm as a side, enjoy & cheers🥂
Keyword Saffron Rice, Turmeric Rice, Yellow Rice

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