It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon. A little box containing fine red shiny strands of Saffron by SaffroInd lay beside us. And of course the weather so beautiful needed an addition of spice to make it all better.
Saffron has long been used in food, medical and cosmetics for centuries. The beauty of a few strands of Saffron can elevate an entire dish to a whole another level of gourmet cooking. From seasoning to spicing up a dish, whipping up a delicious Biryani, a simple saffron milk or a complex kheer. There is no dearth in explaining the beauty of this wonderful spice. No wonder it’s been labelled the ‘king of spices’
So what did we create to make Sundays feel all better? An exquisite Saffron Halwa using the saffron sent over by SaffroInd. You can use the recipe below to create one of your own.
2 tbsp – Suji/Semolina
½ cup – Khoya
4 tbsp – Ghee
1 tsp – Cardamom Powder
1 cup – Water
½ cup – Milk
1/2 cup – Sugar
½ tsp – Kewra Essence/Nutmeg Powder for flavor ( Optional)
1 pinch – Saffron Soaked in Milk
1 tbsp – Dry Fruits for serving
Heat a pan and add 4 tbsp Ghee. Add Suji and roast till it turns light brown. Add sugar, Milk and keep stirring till it starts to thicken. Add the khoya and continue to cook. Cover Pan and cook for 8-10 mins till Sujo is cooked. Add water, cardamom powder, Saffron Soaked in Milk, (Nutmeg or Kewra Essence as per your wish) and continue to stir. Cover and cook for additional 2-3 minutes till it’s done. Serve topped with dry fruits. Your Saffron Halwa is ready.
The kesar that we used from SaffroInd was of top-notch quality and one of the better ones we’ve used in our recipes. It gave off a heavenly fragrance soon as we popped open the mouth of the bottle.
You can purchase the saffron directly from their website here.