Jasmine Rice with Saffron and Dried Cranberries
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5 from 2 votes

Jasmine Rice with Saffron and Dried Cranberries

Cook Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Jasmine Rice Saffron, Jasmine Rice with Saffron, Jasmine Rice with Saffron and Dried Cranberries
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 2553kcal
Author: Jessica Randhawa


  • 2 cups jasmine or basmati rice, washed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried yellow raisins
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • Fresh thyme, for serving



  • Thoroughly wash rice and soak in water for at least 30 minutes to soften rice.
  • Fill a large saucepan with at least 6 quarts (12 cups) of water and bring to a boil. Add a large pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add rice to the saucepan and reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally. After 4-5 minutes, use a long wooden spoon to scoop a few grains from the water. Use your thumb and index finger to squish grain to check doneness. Rice should be soft with a slight bite, or "al dente". Do not overcook!
  • Remove from heat and drain in a fine mesh colander; set aside.


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat. Add dried cranberries and golden raisins to the skillet and mix. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sugar and continue to sauté until warm. Add pistachios to the skillet and sauté, stirring frequently, for an additional 1-2 minutes, being careful to prevent the nuts from burning. Remove from heat and mix with the rice.
  • To prepare the saffron water, mix together 1 teaspoon crushed saffron threads with 1/4 cup hot water. Steep for several minutes, or until the water becomes a deep yellow color. Mix the saffron water with the cooked rice and dried fruit.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.


Calories: 2553kcal | Carbohydrates: 474g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2371mg | Potassium: 1702mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 87g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 201mg | Iron: 8.1mg
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