Thursday, 20 December 2018

Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice

Aromatic and elegant Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice! A delicious combination of tart fruit and sweet spices. This Persian style vegan and gluten-free rice pilaf or pulao is a perfect side dish to any spicy meal. It's studded with fresh cranberries and lightly toasted almonds and has a wonderful fragrant from sweet saffron. This magnificent rice will be hit all around!


Aromatic and elegant Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice! A delicious combination of tart fruit and sweet spices. This Persian style vegan and gluten-free rice pilaf or pulao is a perfect side dish to any spicy meal


Alright, just don't be intimidated by the title and ingredients. You can have this rice pilaf before 2018 slips away from your hands. Good news is that currently, fresh and dried cranberries are available abundantly in the market. This rice is just prepared with only a handful of ingredients and can be on the table in less than 20 minutes, thanks to the Instant Pot!

Aromatic and elegant Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice! A delicious combination of tart fruit and sweet spices. This Persian style vegan and gluten-free rice pilaf or pulao is a perfect side dish to any spicy meal

Recently, my daughter spotted a similar recipe in one of the magazines and asked me to make it for her. Just out of curiosity I went through other similar recipes on the internet and came to know that in the western world, Cranberry and Saffron is a take on a Persian rice dish Albaloo Polow that is made with fresh cherries and usually served with non-veg main dishes.  I followed the recipe to T and the result was splendid. I only cooked a small amount for her, and she highly recommended it. I had to prepare again, only this time in the Instant Pot!

Now that she likes this Persian inspired dish, I have planned to prepare Reshteh Polow- Persian Rice with Noodles.

Aromatic and elegant Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice! A delicious combination of tart fruit and sweet spices. This Persian style vegan and gluten-free rice pilaf or pulao is a perfect side dish to any spicy meal


TASTE OF CRANBERRY AND SAFFRON RICE


The taste of this rice is no way near to any spicy Indian style pulao/pilaf or Biryani. This rice is sweet, has tangy flavours of the cranberries counterbalances perfectly with the aromatic spices saffron and cardamom.

WHAT RICE TO USE FOR PILAF


For any pilaf or pulao dishes,  Basmati rice is the best option to use. Basmati rice is very aromatic and it has its own beautiful flavours. Dishes cooked with Basmati rice just melts in the mouth and when it is perfectly cooked, each grain tuns so fluffy and separate. However, it is not restricted, if you can not find the basmati, any other rice variety will do.

LET'S TALK INGREDIENTS


Basmati Rice
Fresh cranberries ( If you can't find, dried will work fine too )
Coconut oil
Saffron
White onion
Whole spices
Lightly toasted almonds
Freshly chopped coriander
Sugar and salt

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CRANBERRY AND SAFFRON RICE


Making cranberry and saffron rice is almost so easy, quick and you only need a handful of ingredients. If you are cooking in an instant pot, this dish will be ready in no time. First, rinse the rice in running cold water until you see clear water in rice. Drain all the water. Fry roughly chopped onion and whole spices, add rice, fresh cranberries, saffron, salt and sugar. Add vegetable stock and let the rice cook. Once done toss the rice with lightly toasted almonds and freshly chopped fresh coriander.
That's it!!

SERVING SUGGESTIONS


Usually, this luscious rice is served with protein-packed dishes such as kebab in the Persian restaurants. Being a vegetarian I don't mind devouring with Niramish Paneer, Daal Fry or Tofu Curry.

CAN I SERVE THIS RICE ON CHRISTMAS?


Yes, why not? I think it's a brilliant idea to serve this pilaf rice as a side dish along with any well made flavoured nut roast, roasted vegetables, nuts and fruit salad and sweet cranberry sauce.

PERFECT AND FLUFFY RICE IN INSTANT POT


To cook a bowl of perfect fluffy rice requires great skill, where every grain is perfectly cooked yet not mushed. It took me a lot of time to master this skill after my daughter mastered it first) Yes, she is pro in making perfect rice.  However, I prefer slightly over cooked rice in my everyday cooking. Many say the ratio of rice and water should be at a certain level, I agree, but same time it depends what variety rice and quality of the rice you are using too. It depends are you soaking rice before cooking? So all these factors count. Now you may be cooking best rice but how about getting perfectly cooked and fluffy rice in an instant pot, a whole new ballgame right?
I did not follow a recipe which came in a recipe book, as I know my rice so well. If I had used their recipe and instructions I would have got rice porridge instead of fluffy rice. So, the brand I use in my house is Tilda Basmati rice for everything, whether it's rice, pilaf, khichdi, biryani or kheer, and for this particular brand, I don't need much water.

For Instant pot, I used 1 cup basmati rice and 1 cup water, and rice came out so well. For this particular dish I did not soak the rice, only rinsed in cold water about 6 times to get rid of lots of starch.

DO NOT HAVE INSTANT POT


No worries at all, you still can make this rice and enjoy it. It will take slightly longer to cook but promise you that results will be marvellous. If you want to cook in a pan follow the same method but soak rice for 15-20 minutes before you proceed. Cover the pan with a lid and cook the rice on a medium to low heat. You can also bake this rice in the oven too on gas mark 4 or 180C. Use an ovenproof saucepan, follow the same method as stovetop first, once you have added all the ingredients with the stock, cover the pan with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Rice, cranberries, saffron, instant pot, Christmas recipe, Thanksgiving recipe, Persian rice
Side dish
British Persian
Yield: 4 servings as side dish

Instant Pot Cranberry and saffron Rice

Aromatic and elegant Instant Pot Cranberry and Saffron Rice is so easy to make and comes together under 20 minutes.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins

ingredients

1 cup basmati rice
1/4 cup fresh cranberries 
1 TBSP coconut oil*
1 white small onion chopped
1 bay leaf
5 whole green cardamom
1" cinnamon bark
1 cup hot vegetable stock 
1 pinch saffron threads 
salt to taste
2 TBSP sugar

instructions

Clean and wash rice under the running cold water for 5-6 times. Drain all the water and leave it aside.
Arrange inner pot for cooking the rice, press saute button for 3 minutes.
Add coconut oil, once melts add onion and whole spices.
When onion fried add rice, cranberries, saffron, salt, sugar and vegetable stock.
Mix well and cover the lid.
Pressure cook the rice for 4 minutes, 10 NPR then release the steam manually. 
Rice is ready to serve.
Carefully mix the rice with the fork, toss the lightly toasted almonds and mix the rice.
Serve in a serving plate and garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander. 


NOTES:

* For a vegetarian option use unsalted butter or ghee.
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