Saffron Rice
Basic saffron rice, made with bouillon cubes and saffron
Region or stateIran
Main ingredientsWhite rice, saffron, vegetable bouillon

Saffron rice is a dish made from saffron, white rice[1][2] and also usually vegetable bouillon. Saffron rice is found in the cuisines of many countries (in one form or another). The recipe is similar to plain cooked rice with addition of ingredients.


Saffron rice is a dish in the cuisine of Seychelles.[3]

South Asia

In Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, plain saffron rice is cooked with joha rice or basmati rice, saffron, vegetable bouillon, ghee, and bay leaves.

Middle East

In Iran, saffron is usually paired with rice for savory dishes like tahchin. Also in Iran as well as in Turkey, sweet saffron rice called Sholezard and Zerde is made from white rice, saffron, table sugar, rose water, roasted pine seeds, and chopped pistachio nuts.[citation needed]

Other, similar dishes exist in other parts of West Asia.

See also