Rose and Saffron Pilaf


As I mentioned before, I was looking for dishes based on ingredients available in my pantry and those I wanted to finish up. So when I reached the alphabet R, I thought of multiple things but nothing worked. Finally in a fit of despair I looked for rose rice and guess what there is an actual dish which has a combination of Rose water and rice with whole spices and dry fruits.

Rose rice or Rose pilaf is a mildly sweet rice and can be amped up with the addition of dry fruits. I did not add dry fruits instead added some saffron to give it a nice colour and flavour and garnished it with dried Rose petals. This Rose rice can be easily paired with a curry of your choice and makes for an interesting meal option for guests.


Serves 1-2


1/2 cup Basmati Rice

1- 2 tsp ghee

3 cardamoms

1″ cinnamon stick

2-3 Cloves

2-3 tsp Sugar

3-4 Saffron strands

2 tsp Milk / Water

2 tsp Rose water

Dried Rose petals to garnish


  • Soak the basmati rice in water for 15 minutes
  • Drain and set aside
  • Add the saffron strands to the milk / water and set aside
  • In a pan, heat the ghee
  • Add the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves
  • After 1 minute on low heat, add the rice, sugar and 1 cup water
  • Cook covered on medium heat for 4-5 minutes
  • When the rice is nearly done, add the saffron and milk and Rose water and mix well
  • Cook on low heat till the rice fully absorbs the water and is completely cooked
  • If needed, add more water to fully cook the rice
  • Garnish with Rose petals
  • Serve warm with a curry of your choice
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘R’


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