Saffron & Garlic Rice with Toasted Almonds by Beard + Bonnet (Serves: 4)
Thanks to: Meg van der Kruik
“Saffron is a criminally underused herb. Pungent and earthy, it goes best with grains and sauces for a subtly exotic spin. Try it out with this recipe, which is versatile enough for any time of year, and any occasion!”
2 teaspoons Massel All Purpose Bouillon and Seasoning Granules, chicken flavor
1¾ cups boiling water
Pinch of saffron threads (about 6-8)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
¾ cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup Basmati rice, rinsed and drained
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
¼ cup minced parsley
In a small heatproof bowl, combine the Massel Concentrated Liquid Stock, boiling water and saffron threads. Stir to combine, then cover tightly and set aside.
Heat a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil and garlic to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden. Add the onion and continue to sauté, stirring frequently until the onion is translucent (about 4-5 minutes).
Add the rice and the Massel All Purpose Bouillon and Seasoning Granules to the pot. Stir continuously for 1 minute to toast the rice.
Add the saffron mixture and the cumin to the pot, stir to combine then cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the lid and stir the rice one time then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover again.
Cook the rice for 20-25 minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and allow to sit with the lid on for 10 minutes.
Fluff the rice gently with a fork, then season with freshly cracked black pepper to taste and then also add the almonds and parsley.