Kesari Bhat (Saffron Rice)
2 cups Ambemohor or any scented rice,
3 cups sugar,
1 cup freshly grated coconut,
5-6 laung (cloves); broken open,
7-8 badam (almonds); soaked in hot water for some time and then peeled and sliced,
A handful of raisins,
1/2 tsp elachi (green cardamom) powder,
1/4 tsp kesar (saffron threads) or few drops orange color,
A pinch of salt,
1/2 cup ghee.
Wash rice and drain and keep aside for an hour. Then heat some ghee in a heavy bottom pan, add cloves and let them fry on low flame for some time. Then add rice to it and roast rice for few minutes. Then add 4 cups water, saffron or orange color, sugar, lemon juice, salt, mix well till sugar has dissolved. Then cover and cook the rice. When rice is fully cooked remove it in a flat plate. Using a fork separate rice from any lumps. Add almond slices, raisins and elaichi powder, mix and serve.