Kashmiri Pulao Recipe – Pulao Spiced With Saffron, Whole Spices & Nuts

Kashmiri Pulao is delicious mildly sweet royal pulao flavoured with saffron, aromatic spices, fried nuts and garnished with fruits. This lip-smacking pulao loaded with richness from the saffron and nuts, and makes a perfect accompaniment for any festive occasion or parties.  Basmati rice, Ginger, Dry ginger powder, Fennel seeds (Saunf), Green Chillies, Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder, Cashew nuts, Whole Almonds (Badam), Walnuts, Sultana Raisins, Pistachios, Saffron strands, Milk, Water, Salt, Ghee, Ajwain (Carom seeds), Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini), Black cardamom (Badi Elaichi), Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds, Cloves (Laung), Bay leaves (tej patta), Apples, Pineapple, Caramelized onions   3 cups Basmati rice , soaked for 45 minutes 1 tablespoon Ginger , thinly sliced 3/4 teaspoon Dry ginger powder 1-1/2 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf) 1-2 Green Chillies , slit 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder 1 tablespoon Cashew nuts , roughly broken 1 tablespoon Whole Almonds (Badam) , roughly chopped 1 tablespoon Walnuts , roughly chopped 1/2 tablespoon Sultana Raisins 1 tablespoon Pistachios , roughly chopped Saffron strands , few strands soaked in warm milk 2-1/2 cups Milk 3 cups Water Salt , to taste 3 tablespoon Ghee Whole Spices 1 teaspoon Ajwain (Carom seeds) 2 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini) 2 Black cardamom (Badi Elaichi) 4-5 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds 6 Cloves (Laung) 2 Bay leaves (tej patta) 1/4 cup Apples , diced small, for garnish 1/4 cup Pineapple , diced small, for garnish 1/4 cup Caramelized onions     20   45     To begin making the Kashmiri Pulao Recipe, first wash and soak the rice for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, drain the water and keep aside.In a heavy bottom sauce pan, heat 2 tablespoons of ghee.Add bay leaf, shahjeera, black cardamom, cloves, green cardamom, cinnamon sticks and fry them for few seconds until they release a roasted aroma.Add a tablespoon of broken cashews and fry for another minute until the cashews are roasted golden.Add ginger juliennes, ginger powder, fennel powder, Kashmiri chili powder, salt and the soaked rice and fry for few seconds. Add milk, saffron milk, water and bring the pulao to a brisk boil. Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and allow the rice to cook, until all the liquid has be absorbed. Meanwhile, heat another tablespoon of oil in the pan and roast the dry fruits until light golden brown. Take it off the heat and keep aside.Once the rice is done, add roasted nuts to the rice and gently fluff up the rice with the fork. Transfer the rice to a serving platter, garnish it with fried onions and diced fresh fruits.Serve the Kashmiri Pulao Recipe along with Paneer Tikka Masala, Butter Naan and Mint Raita to make a complete dinner.