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Saffron Rice with Pinenuts

Saffron Rice, Golden Raisins and Pinenuts: Book Review

Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes, plus 15 minutes to let the rice sit after cooking
Servings 4


  • 325 gm basmati rice rinsed,
  • 40 ml olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • 25 gm pine nuts (3 tablespoons)
  • 100 gm onion finely diced
  • 30 gm sultanas or golden raisins
  • 450 ml boiling water 1¾ cups
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads or ½turmeric


  • Soak the rice in tepid water for 10 minutes; drain. While the rice is soaking, put half a kettle of water on to boil.
  • Add the oil to a medium, thick-bottomed saucepan that has a fitting lid, over medium heat.
  • Add the pine nuts to the saucepan and cook until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Transfer the pine nuts to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add the onion to the saucepan you cooked the pine nuts in, and cook until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the sultanas, boiling water, salt, and saffron (or turmeric), turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a rolling boil.
  • Give the rice a stir, then cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to very low, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes (do not open the lid during this time). Turn the heat off and let the rice sit (covered) 15 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle the toasted pine nuts on top; serve.


Make this rice with stock or broth or any other herbs you love.