Vanilla-Saffron Rice Pudding & Rhubarb Compote with Orange Zest Ginger Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon saffron threads
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cardamom pod (seeds only)
1 cup jasmine rice
½ cup sugar
2 cups milk
Vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Rhubarb Compote (Recipe Follows)
Orange Zest Ginger Butter (Recipe Follows)


In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter on medium heat and sauté the saffron, ginger, zest and cardamom for a few minutes. Add rice and vanilla scraped from bean, and sauté for another few minutes. Add the sugar and milk and turn the heat down to simmer and keep it simmering uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes. Cook the rice pudding until it is of a thick porridge consistency. Serve the rice pudding with rhubarb compote and the orange zest-ginger butter.

Spicy Rhubarb Compote

Makes 1 cup


¾ cup rhubarb, sliced thin
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup orange juice


In a medium sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmering boil and allow rhubarb to cook down until soft and syrupy, or about 10 minutes.

Orange Zest-Ginger Butter

Makes ½ cup butter


13 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon light brown sugar


In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 13 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream


Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water to a blender. Drain the remaining water from the rice, and place the rice in the blender. Grind the rice as finely as possible, scraping down the sides of the blender jar as necessary.

Bring the half-and-half to a simmer in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1 cup of the half-and-half to the blender, and pulse to release some steam; then, blend for 10 seconds to combine. Transfer the contents of the blender to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and stir constantly until the rice cream is as thick as a thin pudding and a trail can be made through the cream on the back of a spoon, 16 to 18 minutes (if the mixture foams up in the saucepan, remove the saucepan from the heat for a few seconds, reduce the heat, and continue to cook). Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the sugar and cardamom. Divide between 6 small glasses or ramekins, and cool to room temperature. Cover each glass or dish with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface, and chill at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Place the saffron in a small skillet, and toast over low heat until the saffron threads are fragrant and darker in color, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl or to a mortar to cool, and then grind with the back of a teaspoon or with a pestle until powder-fine. Add the heavy cream. Drizzle some saffron sauce over each serving, and serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Persian Herb Stew

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


Vegetable oil
1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium leek, sliced thin, tops included
1 pound, beef, cubed into ½ inch cubes
½ teaspoon saffron threads
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 medium tomatoes chopped, seeds included
3 dried Persian lemons, cracked in half
2 cups water
½ cup yellow split peas or pre soaked chick peas
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup fresh chives, chopped
¼ fresh fenugreek


Cook onions, scallinos and leeks in oil heavy bottom soup pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and semi translucent, 15 to 20 minutes.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on the meat. Increase heat to high, and then add meat, saffrom, cinnamon and turmeric to onions and cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Mix in tomatoes and toss in lemons and stir well, then simmer for a few minutes. Add water and simmer covered for about 35 minutes. Add water and beans and all fresh herbs and simmer again covered for about 45-60 minutes or until meat is very tender.

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