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Sweet Saffron Rice – Tibetan New Year Dish

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sweet_saffron_riceThe Tibetan New Year falls on February 14th in 2010, as does the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year. The Tibetan New Year is known as ‘Losar’, the most popular of all the festivals of the year for the Tibetans, and traditions include offering ornaments and chang beer to the household’s diety and the water dragon that protects their water supply.

Why not make Sweet Saffron Rice to celebrate? The dish is a tradition for the festival.  Looking around on the Internet, I found my favorite recipe on Manjulas Kitchen.

Manjulah teaches how to make the rice in the video, linked to, below. Here are the ingredients you will need:


* 1 cup basmati or long grain rice
* 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
* 1 3/4 cup water
* 2 tablespoons milk
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1″ piece of cinnamon stick (dalchini)
* 1/4 teaspoon of saffron threads (kaser)
* 4 whole cloves (laung)
* 1/2 teaspoon coarsely crushed cardamom seeds (ilachi)
* Pinch of salt
* 3 tablespoons sliced or crushed pistachios and almonds (pista, badam)
* 1 tablespoon raisins (kishmish)

Watch Manjulah in the video on You Tube.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).


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