Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Fennel and Saffron Rice

This was another dish that I picked up from the Greek holiday... In the hotel, they served fennel rice and I instantly fell in love with it... I tried recreating this dish at home by putting my own touches to it and it turned out well enough!
However, I did actually forget to put the saffron in mine, so I guess the title really should read "Fennel and Saffron-free Rice" :-)

You will need:
  • 2 cup Basmati Rice (washed and soaked for about 10-15 minutes)
  • 1/2 cup  finely chopped fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 threads of saffron (soaked in warm water)
  • some spices like (cinamon, cloves, bay leaves, green cardamom, whole black pepper)
Method:-

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add all the spices and fry them for 1 minute.  Now add the fennel and onion and cook untill soften, keep stirring about 4-5 minutes.  Add rice and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.   Now add enough water and salt in rice to cook, and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to simmer and add soaked saffron.(here i forgot as i had a call from my sis in India).  let it simmer untill rice is tender and all the water has been absorbed.  Turn of the heat and lay a kitchen towel over the pan and place a lid on top. (at this stage i added a few drops of saffron flavouring essence) After 6-7 minutes fluff the rice.

Served warm with any Raita or curry...

Sending this to Anita's Kitchen event APS-Rice event ...and JFI fennel seeds event at Siri's Corner started by Indira

32 comments:

  1. lol...even without saffron, the flavor would be perfect, rt? I was bit confused when I saw the title and the color of the rice...:D

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  2. I love fennel falour a lot, this is definitely my kind of dish....such a feast to my eyes...going to tryt his weekend:):)

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  3. rice looks so yummy and delicious, Jagruti! Great recipe! Love the fennel-saffron combo.

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  4. ohh wonderful spices used in the rice..sure its yummy

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  5. Very interesting rice dish...sounds flavorful...I will definitely try this :)

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  6. I have tasted fennel bulb only once. Perfect rice with fennel and saffron. Lovely rice.

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  7. Wow.. yummy and aromatic rice!!,, looks tempting!!.. goes soo well with any hot curries!

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  8. I have tried this !! One of my Aunt prepares them and trust me they are very good in taste and healthy too !!

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  9. Interesting combination will give it a go.Nice click.

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  10. totally new to me ! I can get the aroma of rice with the ingredients :)

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  11. I have never tried fennel bulb in rice, usually i prepare soup with this flavourful veggie, rice looks fantastic dear..

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    Nina

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  13. Hi. The fennel bulb looks so beautiful, very flavorful fennel and no saffron rice.LOL

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  14. wow..sounds interesting...simply by reading the ingredients itself i can imagine the taste...so tempting...the way you described is too good...me too got confused about the colour lol..

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  15. yummy rice...love to have with spicy curry!...nice n tempting click!

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  16. I love the aroma of Fennel bulb, rice looks yummy. Great addition of saffron too J.

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  17. This rice has both my fav ingredients...saffron and fennel:) looks really tempting!!!

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  18. Wow!! Such a flavorful and yummy rice..

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  19. rice looks really nice Jagruthi. I have been wanting to post a comment right from the cakes,chaat and jeera bun. All of them are lovely recipes.

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  20. Very aromatic rice,nice flavors...

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  21. wow very flavouful n nice rice...nice combo...lovely recipe jagruti

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  22. Sounds flavorful and delicious, looks appetizing dear:)

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  23. Wow! This rice dish looks and sounds amazingly delicious! I love this simple recipe and can't wait to give it a try:)

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  24. I love the idea of making flavorful rice with fennel bulb :) Thanks for sending this as an entry to JFI.

    Siri

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  25. I never ate fennel rice but I already know I'll love it!

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  26. Wow!! I too have had this in restaurants but never made it. I'll follow your recipe now and make it.

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