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Cooking with Saffron:

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Saffron Threads are a popular condiment for rice in Spain and Iran, India and Pakistan, and other countries. Two examples of such saffron rice are the zarzuela fish-seafood stew and Paella Valenciana, a piquant rice-meat preparation. It is essential in making the French bouillabaisse, which is a spicy fish stew from Marseilles, and the Italian risotto Alla Milanese.

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A Swedish-style saffron bun, traditionally consumed before Christmas
The saffron bun has Swedish and Cornish variants and in Swedish is known as Lussekatt (literally “Lucy cat”, after Saint Lucy) or Lussebulle. The latter is a rich yeast dough bun, enhanced with saffron, along with cinnamon or nutmeg and currants. People eat the buns during Advent, and especially on Saint Lucy’s Day. In England, the saffron “revel buns” were traditionally baked for anniversary feasts (revels) or church dedications. In the West of Cornwall, large saffron “tea treat buns” signify Methodist Sunday School outings and activities. Thanks for reading so far, please leave us a review!

In traditional dishes of La Mancha, Spain, the spice is almost ubiquitous. Spanish food is fantastic. We have a great Spanish restaurant in Sydney that we often visit. Spanish Paella is another excellent dish. The Spanish use saffron in Paella too.

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Moroccans use saffron in many salty or sweet-and salty dishes. It is a critical recipe in the chermoula herb mixture that flavours many Moroccan dishes. Due to its high price, people use saffron in cooking for special occasions as well as in some high-end Moroccan recipes like the pastilla. Other Moroccan dishes cooked with saffron include some types of tajines, kofta (meatballs with tomato), Mqualli (a citron-chicken meal), and Mrouzia (succulent lamb dressed with plums and almonds). If you like this blog, leave us a review. We love your suggestions, too.

Uzbeks use it in a unique rice-based offering known as “wedding plov” (cf. pilaf). Saffron is also essential in Chelow kabab ( Rice Kebab), the Iranian national dish. The use of saffron in south Indian cuisine is perhaps best characterized by the eponymous Kesari Bhath – a semolina based dessert from Karnataka. South Asian cuisines also use saffron in biryanis, which are spicy rice-vegetable dishes. (An example is the Pakki variety of Hyderabadi biryani.) Saffron spices subcontinental beef and chicken entrees and goes into many sweets, particularly in Muslim and Rajasthani fare. Modern technology has added another delicacy to the list: saffron ice cream. Regional milk-based desserts feature it, among them Gulab Jamun, Kulfi, double Ka Meetha, and “Saffron Lassi”; the last is a sweet yogurt-based Jodhpuri drink that is culturally symbolic.

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