Saffron (Kesar): A sweet essence in your Kitchen

Saffron (Kesar): A sweet essence in your Kitchen
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Have you ever heard that Saffron or Kesar is used as a kitchen ingredient in most of the food?

If yes, then it is nice that you are adding this to your meal. But if not, then this article will help you to know what saffron is and how it can be used in your food to add some more flavor and color to it!

What is Saffron?

Historically, saffron has been used to improve food flavor, color garments, and support health and well-being. Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in existence. The real causes are its easy accessibility and labor-intensive harvesting procedure. Saffron is said to have its origins in Greece, where it was originally cultivated, but it is today primarily grown in Iran, Greece, Morocco, and India.  

Saffron: Your Cooking Companion

Many people use saffron as an edible yellow coloring ingredient because of its distinctive scent. When buying saffron, ensure the stigmas are deep red and have a pleasant aroma. Additionally, when manually ground, saffron in thread form releases more aroma than saffron in powder form. Since pinches are incorrect, measure the saffron using a kitchen scale following the recipe to prevent waste.

When you are preserving Saffron in any container, avoid wooden ones. It is because wood generally absorbs the flavor of spice. Saffron should be stored in an airtight container out of the sun, just like any other dried herb, to maintain its flavor.

Examples of some saffron-added food in different countries

  • In India, Saffron is used in sweet dishes, rice, Indian Moghul cuisine, etc.
  • Risotto, the most famous dish of northern Italy also includes Saffron as an essential ingredient.
  • Saffron and cardamom are both used in the Middle East to flavor Arabic coffee.
  • In Spain and Portugal, saffron is a common ingredient that gives fish and shellfish broths a golden yellow hue. Paella, the national dish of Spain, is always prepared with saffron.

Try this out

Though it is the priciest spice in the world but it does not mean that you cannot even add a pinch of it to your food. You can even buy Organic Kashmiri Saffron Online to give a twist to your recipes!

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