How to make Kesari Bhaat -

Rich and sweet traditional rice preparation made usually during Indian festivals

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Saffron threads, Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Mithais

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 Kesari  Bhaat

Kesari Bhaat Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Kesari Bhaat Recipe

  • Saffron threads , soaked in 1 tablespoon water + a few + for garnish

  • Basmati rice , soaked for 30 minutes and drained 1 1/2 cups

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Raisins 1 tablespo to sprinkle

  • Cashewnuts , chopped 1 tablespo to sprinkle

  • Sugar 3/4 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan, add raisins and cashewnuts and sauté till raisins become plump and nuts become light golden. Drain on a plate and set aside.

Step 2

Add rice to the ghee remaining in the pan and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add saffron water and mix well. Add 3 cups water, mix, cover and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Step 3

Add saffron water and mix well. Add sugar and mix well. Add green cardamom powder, mix, cover and continue to cook till all the water has been absorbed and the rice is done.

Step 4

Transfer onto a serving plate, garnish with fried raisins and cashewnuts and few saffron threads and serve hot.

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