Saffron is an orange-yellow flavoring, food coloring, and dye made from the dried stigmas of a crocus flower. This exotic spice is the most expensive in the world.
When using saffron in Persian cuisine, it is important to grind the strands into a fine powder (you can use a coffee grinder to do this) and dissolve in hot water. This allows the color and flavor to distribute throughout the dish while using less of your precious supply.
To make saffron water you’ll need:
- 1/2 tsp ground saffron
- 1 tablespoon hot water
Combine hot water and saffron. Mix until completely dissolved. Use as final presentation on top of rice dishes or add to recipes that call for saffron water.
Buy saffron at your local Persian market or online.