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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z - Zafrani Pulao

This is the last post from Journey through the cuisine where I did A to Z Andhra Cuisine/Dishes for the entire month of April.
Zafrani Pulao is a famous dish comes from Hyderabad. Zafrani means saffron and liberal usage of saffron brings the dish name Zafrani Pulao.
The cooking method and ingredients for this pulao is much different than any other pulao. The pulao is rich and really delicious.
I got this recipe from a friend. Thanks to her, it turned out so well and everyone enjoyed it.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes 
Marinating Time: 15 minutes 
Cooking Time: 40 minutes 
Serves : 4-5

For Chicken:

Chicken: 750 grams with bones
Yogurt/Curd : 2 tablespoons 
Ginger garlic paste: 2 tablespoons 
Salt to taste 

For Tempering:
Cloves/Laung : 5
Cardamom/Elachi: 3
Cinnamon stick/Dalchini: 2" stick
Star anise: 1
Bay leaves: 2
Shahi jeera : 1 teaspoon 
Mace : 1
Stone flower : 2
Black peppercorns: 15 

For Milk mixture:
Saffron : 8-9 strands infused in 1/2 cup of hot milk
Cream : 1 cup
Mint leaves: 1/4 cup chopped 
Cilantro/coriander leaves: 1/4 cup chopped 
Rose water/kewra essence: 1 teaspoon 

Basmati rice : 2 cups
Onion: 1 large sliced
Red chili powder: 2 teaspoons 
Garam masala powder: 1 1/2 teaspoons 
Water: 1 1/2 cups

For garnish (optional)
Silvered almonds
Boiled and fried eggs 


Mix well all ingredients listed under chicken and marinate for 15 minutes.

Soak saffron in hot milk, let it cool and mix all ingredients listed under milk mixture.

Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes.

Heat 4 tablespoons of ghee in a pan and add the ingredients listed under tempering. Fry for 1 minute. Add onions and sauté till they turn light brown. 
Add red chili powder and garam masala and mix well. Add chicken and fry for 8 minutes. 

Add the milk mixture and water, mix well. Add drained rice. Bring it to a boil and simmer. Close lid and cook for 20 minutes until the rice is done.

Serve hot with raita.


  1. Wonderful way of making use of saffron. Enjoyed your array of andhra dishes..Good efforts

  2. That is a nice way of finishing the BM with rich pulao. Loved all your recipes throughout this month..

  3. Great rice ! Zafran saved you , rt ? This was a tough one to crack , you have done a good job.

  4. Can smell the flavour of this pulao rite from here, simply loved your pick for Z, loved all your dishes Amara, well done.

  5. Loved your Andhra series this month and enjoyed running marathon with you.

  6. Most of the Zaffrani pulao recipes I looked up online had raisins and nuts. I like this recipe. Great pick for Z. It was wonderful doing the marathon with you.

  7. Zafrani pulav looks inviting and flavorful.

  8. Great pick for Z.. Loved the entire series. Great

  9. That looks like a very flavorful pulao. Looks great.

  10. Good to run this marathon with you.

  11. That is a flavorful pulao to round up the marathon. Awesome!