Sakhar Bhath (Sweet Saffron Rice)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , , ,

A VERY HAPPY MAHASHIVRATRI to all my blogger friends...Since its the occasion of mahashivratri i decided to post a very famous sweet dish recipe.Its " Sakhar bhath" means sweet rice.Its consists of sweetened rice flavoured with saffron(Kesar) and dryfruits.Its one of the most common and sweet dish prepared here for any special occasions.Its also very easy to prepare it.I love this dish so i do not need any special occasion to prepare and enjoy it...:-))...There are many different ways to prepare this sakhar bhath ( all methods are almost same, they differ only a little) but i like this method.I learnt it from my mom.So like some of the other recipes in my blog, this is also my moms recipe and i just love it.



INGREDIENTS:

2 cups basmati rice
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup pure ghee(desi ghee)
1/2 cup raisins
10-15 whole cashewnuts
1/2 cup almonds chopped
1/2 cup chopped cashewnuts
few saffron stands(kesar)
pinch of orange colour
1/4 cup milk
5-6 cloves
1 table spoon saffron-elaichi syrup(optional)
1 tea spoon cardamom powder
1/2 tea spoon salt

METHOD:

Wash the basmati rice in water and drain it.Spread it on a muslin cloth to dry for 20-15 mins.Heat little pure ghee in a kadai and fry the whole cashewnuts till golden brown and keep them aside.This fried cashewnuts give a very good taste when served.Soak saffron strands in milk and keep aside.

Now in that same kadai add all the ghee and when it heats up add the cloves.Saute them for 2 mins and then add the dried basmati rice and saute it on medium flame for 4-5 mins.add the chopped cashewnuts, almonds and raisins ans saute for more 1-2 mins.Heat 4-5 cups of water simultaneously.Sauting rice is very important as it results in non sticky sakhar bhath.

When the rice gets sauted well add the hot water in it.Normally twice amount of water is added, but here little more is required, generally 2 n 1/2 times more water but u adjust it accordingly.Add salt and stir it well. Add the pinch of orange colour to the milk and saffron mixture and add to the cooking rice.Give a nice stir and close it.Let the rice get cooked on low flame.When the rice is half cooked you can add kesar-elaichi syrup n stir and continue its cooking.

Check in between if all the water of the rice has got dried, if its dried and rice is not fully cooked then add little more hot water and let the rice get cooked.when the rice is fully cooked then add the sugar and give a stir.Do not stir to much as the rice tends to break.You can add more or less sugar according to your taste, but this is the standard measurement.Do not add sugar before the rice gets fully cooked or else the rice will become hard and sakharbhath wont taste good.

Now after adding sugar the sugar will melt, so let it get cooked on low flame.When the liquified sugar coats the rice and almost dries up add the cardamom powder.Remove it from flame and keep it open for some time.

Garnish with fried cashewnuts and serve.I have used rice mould to give it shape so you cannot see the lose rice granules.Remove the cloves while serving.


NOTE: Use of basmati rice is highyl recommended here as it gives a nice taste and flavour to the rice, but you can even use normal rice.
Using pure ghee/desi ghee gives a nice taste to the whole rice, but if you do not like it you can replace it with normal ghee.


Preparation Time: 25 mins


40 Responses to "Sakhar Bhath (Sweet Saffron Rice)...!!!"

SE Says :
February 13, 2010 at 1:40 AM

my goodness...its been years, i;ve prepared the sakhar bhaat. Your posts are making be remember some nice recipes from back home...I had completely forgotten abt the vada's and remembered after seeing your post!!

Asha Says :
February 13, 2010 at 1:40 AM

Happy Shivaratri to you too, Sweet rice looks so yummy. Enjoy and happy V day too.

Jagruti Says :
February 13, 2010 at 1:41 AM

Hey Sidhhi

Happy Shivratri to you..sweet rice looks perfect and deliciouas..well we both made something sweet and with kesar...nice pics..

Vrinda Says :
February 13, 2010 at 2:07 AM

sweet and flavorful rice...lov it...

Swathi Says :
February 13, 2010 at 2:10 AM

Siddhi,

Skarbhath is really good.We make with jaggery. This is easy too

Swathi Says :
February 13, 2010 at 2:10 AM

Siddhi,

Skarbhath is really good.We make with jaggery. This is easy too

Priya Says :
February 13, 2010 at 2:22 AM

Gorgeous and delicious saffron rice Siddhi..Happy sivarathiri...

Devi Says :
February 13, 2010 at 2:48 AM

I'm drooling over here!!:).. yummmmm.. looks so tempting!!.. cute presentation!!.. nice:)

Rachana Kothari Says :
February 13, 2010 at 3:22 AM

Wow!!! I never say no to this saffron rice...absolutely yummy!

Gulmohar Says :
February 13, 2010 at 3:43 AM

Absolutely yummm..Happy Shivarathri to you too !

simply.food Says :
February 13, 2010 at 4:04 AM

Happy shivratri to you too the rice looks awesome and good presentation and click.

Sanjana Says :
February 13, 2010 at 4:53 AM

Happy Maha Shivratri to you and your family, Siddhi! Your rice looks beautiful!

Gita Says :
February 13, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Happy Shivarathri dear...this bhath is jsut so perfect for the occasion...looks so tempting :)

Sowmya Says :
February 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

yummy..it make me drool....happy shivarathri to you too dear

PJ Says :
February 13, 2010 at 9:26 AM

this sakhar bhaat is perfect for the mahashivaratri! Enjoy :)

Deepa G Joshi Says :
February 13, 2010 at 10:37 AM

hey Siddhi..

this is my dad's favorite dish..thanks for sharing..took me down the memory lanes..too good..love this rice.

Sushma Mallya Says :
February 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

so nicely presented, a wonderful & delicious sweet dish...

TREAT AND TRICK Says :
February 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Looks yummy, dear...thanks for sharing....

Preeti Kashyap Says :
February 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Happy shivrathiri to you too...lovely recipe!

ruchikacooks Says :
February 14, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Sweet rice looks gorgeous. Very rich dish with saffron and ghee. Good for festivals too.

Aparna Says :
February 14, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Happy Shivrathi..luks delicioius..Happy Valentine's day!!!!1

Preety Says :
February 14, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Happy valentines Day

deepti Says :
February 15, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Dear Siddhi

Thanks 4 dropping in to Panchamrutham & 4 ur sweet words....

Gr8 2 c ur Wonderful blog....Adding u 2 my blogroll...will b visiting often, now on..

Shivrathri Wishes 2 u....

Awesome recipe 2 go with the occasion...
U have a nice collection of sea food recipes too...got to try them soon...

Keep adding more

regards
deepti

Kanchan Says :
February 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I have never prepared this but had it couple of time as a prasad!
Would love to try it !

Akal's Saappadu Says :
February 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

sweet saffron rice looks absolutely gorgeous, Happy Mahashivratri to you too!!!

nandini Says :
February 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM

hi, thanks for stopping by at my blog and for all the appreciation. Your spce is very interesting and has many of my favs!. Love vangi bath but never tried it, I am a huge fan of biriyani's too. Have book marked it!.

Ramya Manja Says :
February 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM

so nicely presented, a wonderful & delicious sweet dish...Very tempting...

Renuka Bedre - Rao Says :
February 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM

i love this dish..urs look so mouth watering!! looks delicious!

shanthi Says :
February 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Delicious and awesome saffron rice . I can feel the aroma of the saffron

Babli Says :
February 15, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Wonderful presentation with mouth watering pictures. Sweet rice looks delicious.

Suparna Says :
February 16, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Hi Siddhi,
Thanks for stopping by and I wish to c u often too :)
Ur recipes are traditional and would like to give a try sometime.
The sakhar bhath looks awesome.
Hope u had a good festive celebrations of the season :)
TC

Renuka Bedre - Rao Says :
February 16, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Please collect awards from my blog Dear!

shahana Says :
February 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM

OMG!!! its is really a tempting dish..mmmm....Nice aroma is coming

Padhu Says :
February 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Sounds delicious!
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Cicily Antony Says :
February 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Sakkar bath looks really yummy...

Neetz Says :
February 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM

hii siddhi..
thank u so much for passing comments on ym blog..it really means a lot to me :)..
u got such a beautiful blog..following u :)

Neetz Says :
February 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

hii siddhi..
thank u so much for passing comments on ym blog..it really means a lot to me :)..
u got such a beautiful blog..following u :)

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