Monday, August 29, 2011

Summery Saffron Drink

For the last 15 days, we have been enjoying food like never before, and it is becoming quite visible on my waistline ;-). My in-laws are visiting, and my mother in law and I have been busy cooking a wide variety of dishes - I am learning to cook loads of traditional dishes from her. And, of course my recipe collection is increasing :-) She taught me some traditional Rajasthani sweet dishes, pickles, appetizers etc etc etc. 


This here is also a recipe I have just learnt from her. It's a very refreshing, rich and summery drink. Can be made in a jiffy and has a shelf-life of 6 months (only in the theoretical case that you manage not to finish it off before then!) Saffron is my favourite spice, and for me, any dish /drink/dessert with saffron is more than welcome. I love saffron. Infact, my mom always teases me that if I had my way, I would make a curry with just saffron in it.



This drink tastes good with soda, sparkling water, plain water as well as with a shot of Wodka. I served it with a few crushed sprigs of mountain mint / Calamint (an intense variety of mint) and it was really refreshing. Of course, normal mint is just as good.



Ingredients

6 cups - sugar
2 cups - water
1 gram - saffron strands
3/4 th tsp - rose water
mountain mint/ calamint to garnish 

Method
  1. Put the sugar and the water in a big vessel and cook on high flame, stirring continously. Remove the sugar dirt, if any, with the help of a spoon. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook further for appx 2 mins. Remove from the heat.
  2. Let it cool slightly for around 5 minutes.
  3. Grind the saffron with the rose water lightly with a mortar and pestle.
  4. Put the saffron mix in the sugar syrup. Cover the vessel for 10 minutes.
  5. Store in glass jars when completely cool.
Tip

If you notice sugar crystals in the sugar syrup, first transfer the non crystallised part into another glass jar and than add a little hot water to the remaining syrup. Let it cool completely before storing in a glass jar.


Enjoy!

42 comments:

  1. Saffron is soo good. I wish it was not quite so expensive.

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  2. beautiful clicks...saffron has lent it such a lovely colour. very refreshing.

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  3. Saffron is one of my fav spice,fantastic drink..

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  4. I love the colour, never had saffron drink before, I am curious to try it :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  5. Looks extremely cool and refreshing! And curry made of only saffron, that would be something!!
    Have a wonderful week ahead Rachana:)

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  6. Extremely delicious looking saffron drink.


    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  7. Looks delicious and refreshing.. Love the presentation too.. thanks for sharing :)
    Indian Cuisine

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  8. Saffron drink looks delicious. Rachana.

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  9. Saffron drink is such a nice idea....Looks yummy

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  10. Saffron drink looks so gorgeous.

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  11. Rich looks excellent drink..thanks for sharing..

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  12. A lovely, refreshing & an exotic drink!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  13. what a special drink you have here, must be very tasty like what you had described.

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  14. Beautiful color and refreshing drink!

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  15. Exotic n pretty ~ beautiful color you got! Thanks to your MIL for such an awesome recipe :)
    I am a saffron fanatic too :D
    USMasala

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  16. Une boisson que j'aimerai bien boire. Ca semble délicieux.
    J'aurai bien aimé avoir une belle-mère qui m'apprenne autant de plats. Tu as de la chance.
    A très bientôt.

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  17. Beautiful clicks...just loved the colour.

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  18. Uniqe drink,what a beautiful color..nice one dear

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  19. Beautiful ! you have put a nice twist to a simple drink!

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  20. How pretty! The colour has tempted me!

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  21. Beautiful recipe...Adding saffron has given the drink a royal touch...

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  22. A drink with saffron that is wonderful, never tried any. Beautiful pics rachana.

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  23. Wonderful recipe ... Lovely clicks .......

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  24. Simple stunning recipe:) loved the pics... absolutely amazing..
    Reva

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  25. Love that tall bottle on the background :) Clicks are beautiful. Delicious and rich! Fit for the Queens!

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  26. This is something new to me and love the color combination..like the whole presentation..

    RecipeRaaga

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  27. The food blogger fifteen (pounds)...I know it too well. This drink sounds delicious, though! What an intriguing use of saffron!

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  28. saffron drink!!wow new to me..sounds interesting..

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  29. Dear dear, what a lovely drink! Amazing creation, keep up the good work!

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  30. Drink looks stunning and rich dear. Nice clicks too.

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  31. une boisson délicieuse et rafraichissante j'aurais bien aimé la goûter
    bonne soirée

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  32. MMM! Sounds like an awesome syrup to put in your drink for a special flavour :) Love the pictures!

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  33. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and tempting!

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  34. Rich n refreshing drink.... clicks are awesome.... :) amazing presentation... loved the glass a lot!

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  35. That's a wonderful drink. Looks so refreshing.

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  36. Lovely colour n refreshing drink.. Innovative one, dear!!
    First time here,lovely space..
    Visit my space when time permits
    Erivum Puliyum

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  37. I have never had a saffron drink before, but the color is just plain bewitching... gotta try it..!

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  38. Something new to me..The color is so appealing..would love to try it :-)

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  39. Super clicks Rachana..and great post!!!

    http://vegetarianmedley.blogspot.com/

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  40. superb recipe and stunning photography...

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