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Saffron Herb Pistachio Rice

Prep Time: 5 min / Cook Time: 15 min
Looking for an exotic and festive side dish to add to your dinner party? This is simple, elegant, and oh so delicious. Read more for the full Saffron Herb Pistachio rice recipe!

For a printable recipe, click below: 



2 cups rice
2 1/3 cups boiling water
1 tsp saffron threads soaked in 3 tbsp water OR 3-4 tbsp Rumi saffron butter
1/2 cup chopped raisins soaked in lemon juice for half an hour
1 oz fresh dill
1/2 oz  fresh tarragon
1/2 cup toasted coarsely chopped pistachios

Melt the butter, coat the rice, then add the boiling water, salt and pepper
(and saffron) and steam with lid tightly on low heat for 12 to 15 minutes.

Cool and break apart rice grains. Chop all the herbs and add just before
serving with the raisins.

Mix well then sprinkle pistachios on top. Enjoy!


  • Rumi: July 06, 2018

    Hi DeWitt! Yes you are right. Different types of rice require a different cook time. I suggest the use of your Indian basmati rice. As for your question about whether rice is grown in Afghanistan, the answer is yes! Rice is one of the most important food crops for the population.

  • DeWitt Whittington: July 06, 2018

    In this Saffron Herb Pistachio recipe you call for “rice”. Do you mean any particular type of rice? I keep in stock in my pantry Indian basmati rice, medium grain Chinese style rice from California,and long grain brown rice. As As Harold McGee writes in his extensive treatment of rice in his book, “On Food And Cooking”, various rices take varying amounts of liquid to cook.

    And is rice grown in Afghanistan?

  • Rumi: February 01, 2018

    Hi! Unfortunately our saffron butter is only available in a select few stores (ask your local specialty grocer to carry it and we will surely send some). In lieu of that soak 6-7 threads in 3 tbsp of hot (not boiling) water for 5-10 minutes. If you like a more buttery rice you can add any unsalted butter as well. Happy cooking!

  • RY: December 18, 2017

    This recipe Saffron Herb Pistachio Rice calls for Rumi Saffron Butter but I cannot find it listed among your products, nor can I find it by googling for the recipe… I did find a “Saffron Butter” recipe that contained a ton of other things, as well, so I am hoping that you might recommend a method/recipe for making it at home.

    Thank you,

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