Kesari Pulao (Sweet saffron rice with almonds and raisins)

Kesari Pulao (Sweet saffron rice with almonds and raisins)

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Servings: 3
Calories: 428


  • 7 oz Rice
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 10 Almonds badaam, blanched
  • 30 Raisins kishmish, washed, lightly fried
  • 1 tbsp Dry coconut copra, cut into 1/2 cm cubes, lightly fried
  • 6 Green cardamom choti elaichi, skinned, seeds crushed coarsely
  • a few strands Saffron kesar, soaked in 3 tbsp hot milk


  • Cook the rice in a pan till half done. Drain and keep aside to cool.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in another pan; add the rice and mix well. Add sugar, almonds, raisins, coconut, and green cardamom powder; mix well.
  • Pour the saffron mixture over the rice.
  • Heat the remaining ghee and mix with the rice. Cover the pan with a heavy lid; keep some hot ashes over it and a few live embers under the pan for 10 - 15 minutes till the rice is completely done and the grains are separated. Alternately, bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes.


The rice is eaten as a dessert on festive occasions.
Calories: 428 kcal
Carbohydrates: 73 g
Protein: 6 g
Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 26 mg
Sodium: 6 mg
Potassium: 192 mg
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 12 g
Vitamin A: 1 IU
Vitamin C: 1 mg
Calcium: 44 mg
Iron: 1 mg
Dishes Puddings
Cuisine Indian
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