Saffron Rice Recipe (God Bhat)
Sakhar bhat is also well known as 'god or sweet bhat', 'saffron rice' or 'kesar bhat'. It can be eaten as a dessert and enjoyed as a palette-satisfying edge to a grand meal.
- Rice - 1 & 1/2 cup
- Clarified butter (Ghee) - 3 tsp
- Cloves - 3
- Saffron - 1/4 tsp
- Orange food color - a few drops
- Sugar - 1 & 1/2 cup
- Cardamom powder - As per liking
- Raisins - about 20
- Cashew / Almond slices - about 10
- Wash 1 & 1/2 cup rice and drain all the water.
- In a pot, heat. Add 3 cloves and 1 & 1/2 cup pre-washed rice.
- Stir fry for a minute and add 3 cups of water, 1/4 tsp saffron, and some orange food color. Now cook the rice completely, either in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle or directly in the pot.
- Spread the cooked rice on a plate to cool.
- In the same pot get 1 & 1/2 cup sugar and add water so that the sugar is completely soaked. Bring it to boil. Keep boiling. In about 2-3 minutes, take a small drop of this sugar solution and try stretching it between your thumb and a finger tip. Continue boiling till it stretches into a firm string.
- When this happens, turn off the gas and add the cooled rice to it.
- Add some cardamom powder, a few raisins, and 1 & 1/2 tsp ghee.
- Mix well and keep the pot in a pressure cooker to cook for one whistle.
- Once the pressure is released, garnish with cashew/almond slices (soak about 10 almonds in hot water for 20 minutes and remove the peels before slicing) to serve.