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Quick Saffron Bliss Rice
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Quick Saffron Bliss Rice

Forget the taste, this rice Smells Like Heaven! 

I am often tempted to make it just to perfume the house.  I have always loved the exotic aroma of saffron.  I playfully call this "Festival Rice" because of the fine and slightly expensive ingredients called for, it is the perfect fare for special occasions and celebrations. 

I like to double the recipe and bring it to holiday gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah parties!  It has a rich buttery quality without any butter.  This recipe gives you the warm cozy feeling of home and combines it with the exotic appeal of travelling to distant lands. 

You may want to make it for no reason at all and eat it by yourself in the middle of the day.  Go right ahead, it will be our little secret.  ;)

 Quick Saffron Bliss Rice (Festival Rice!)

1 cup Aromatic Jasmine Rice

2 cups Vegetable Stock

1/4 cup Sweet Onion, finely minced

1/4 cup Dried Tart Cherries

1/4 cup Sliced or Slivered Almonds

1 tbsp Olive Oil

1 tsp Saffron Threads

Pink Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

1/4 cup chopped Fresh Green Herbs, optional


If you have a rice cooker, add rice and stock and cook until done.  If not, choose a good pot for cooking rice with a tight sealing lid. 

In pot for cooking rice, or a small saute pan, gently dry-toast the rice.  Add oil, onion and saffron, cook one to two minutes or until onion is just translucent.  Continue if using large pot, otherwise, add saute mixture to rice cooker, along with stock and set to cook.

When rice is done cooking (approx.  15 minutes in a pot,), allow to cool for five minutes.  Add cherries, almonds and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Garnish with herbs as desired or additional cherries and almonds.

*A high quality salt is important in this recipe, the complex mineral content really adds to the flavor.  I like to use Himalayan Pink Salt.

*The added chopped fresh herbs are optional, I just love the color, flavor and nutrition they impart so I generally add a sprinkle over the top when serving.  Parsley, chives and mint work wonderfully. :)

*To remove excess moisture and make a drier rice, place a towel or paper towel between pot and lid while rice is cooking. 

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  1. Roopam
    Awesome! Saffron does wonders to a dish...great in rice and desserts. Voted!
  2. Carolyn
    Vote #6! Love saffron rice! My family loves it too! Fellow writer, you may feel that you would rather save your votes for someone that does not recieve many votes. You may not be aware that votes from our friends and family members that vote only on our articles does not count as much as someone that votes for many varied writers. Although the crew at the Flaming Vegan will not reveal all that goes into the choice for Top Posts, the crew has written me revealing this information. To prove that the articles that receive the most votes, do not always make Top Posts, consider my recent article on pizza that received 13 votes, but did not make Top Posts! Again, consideration for your vote for my articles is appreciated!
  3. Veganara
    Vote no 8. This sounds wonderfully decadent! You may be interested in my latest article, The Alpha and The Omega, for some nutritional advice; if you like it, please vote!
  4. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    sounds tasty. i just ate saffron ice cream. it is creamy and buttery too.


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