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Saffron; The sunshine spice
Saffron has an extensive role in Persian Cuisine. The smell of it will drive you crazy and it gives the rice its vivid orangish-yellow color as well as its delicate aroma. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world because of its labor-intensive harvesting method. Saffron is harvested by hand from the Crocus sativus flower, commonly known as the "saffron crocus".
Saffron health benefits: It is a powerful antioxidant, it helps to improve mood and treat depressive symptoms (simply, it makes you happy), it may have cancer-fighting properties; help neutralize harmful free radicals, it may act as an aphrodisiac and lots of other benefits that can be a good reason to convince you to try this cooking style.
Parching and grinding the saffron is an easy process that helps you to keep it better; if you bought fresh saffron, you should parch it in the oven or on the flames for about 5 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to overcook it because it will lose lots of benefits.
After you parch it, now you have dried saffron. Now you need a mortar to grind it easily. If you don't have a mortar, don't worry, you can use anything to grind your saffron. Now you have ground saffron and you can infuse it.
Two methods to infuse saffron
Both methods are available for ground saffron:
- Infuse saffron with hot water: For this process, you should first pour hot water in any amount of saffron that you need. "f its ve saffron you to try p The amount of hot water you use is different from the saffron you use. For example, a teaspoon of saffron suits with half a cup of hot water. Finally, put a lid on your dilution and heat it indirectly; for instance put it on the top of a samovar or kettle, so that it is on the teapot and heat slightly for about 20 minutes.
- Infuse saffron with ice: In contrast with the above method, this method is a newer and time-consuming one. But if you're ready to spend more time in lieu of vivid color, here it is! First of all, put a cube of ice on the amount of saffron you need and wait until the ice melts at room temperature and let it turn colored by saffron
Remember not to put infused saffron in the fridge for a long time, but you can freeze infused saffron for about 2 to 3 weeks instead.
Saffron; the beloved secret of Persian Cuisine
As I said, saffron has an extensive range of consuming in Persian cooking style; we can use infused saffron to make unique drinks or marinate meat, chicken, fish, etc. that you're able to check them in our Persian food section, but one of the most common usages of saffron is to design the rise with saffron. It's so easy; you should just mix infused saffron with any amount of cooked rise you need. You can mix the saffron with your whole rice or just use a particular amount of it only to design the above of your rice. For example, you can use half a cup of saffron and 6 tablespoons of cooked rice to design 1 kg of rice. This dedicated design usually may be used in Persian parties and restaurants.
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