Aromatic Basmati Rice w/ Saffron

Making a pot of Basmati rice is just like any other rice but making a pot of aromatic basmati rice is a treat in on itself. It’s the difference between going to a cheap Indian Lunch Buffet and going to a white linen Indian Dinner. Making it better doesn’t take any additional work, it just takes a few more spices.

Aromatic Basmati Rice

Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 1/2 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 pods Green Cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 pinch Saffron About 20 threads
  • 1 tbsp Oil


  • In a pot on High, combine all the ingredients except the Basmati Rice.
  • Once the water begins to boil, add the Basmati Rice.
  • Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low and leave it alone for 25 minutes.
  • Enjoy!


If you're pressed for time or are multitasking, you could save a step by combining all the ingredients together and then bring it to a boil. Separating the steps gives the oils in the spices more time to be released in the water and absorbed into the rice. If you don't have one or more of the spices, just leave it out. It'll still turn out great!
Keyword basmati rice, Easy, indian, saffron

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