What could I use to substitute saffron?
For my nutrition class, I need to look for authentic Indian (from India, not Native American) recipes that are affordable and nutritious. I found a recipe for Dry Fruit Kheer and one of the ingredients is saffron. I know saffron is expensive. I was wondering if there’s anything I can substitute it with.
This is the recipe:
1 litre milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
15 strands saffron crushed, soaked in 1 tsp. hot milk
10-12 almonds slivered
10-12 pistachios, slivered
5-6 dried peaches, quartered
5-6 dried apricots, nut removed, broken to bits
Soak raisins,currant, peaches, apricots, in hot water for 10 minutes.
Boil milk, with cardamom, saffron and sugar for 10 minutes.
Drain soaked dryfruit, add to boiling milk, stir gently.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Add almonds, pistachios, take off fire.
Making time: 30 minutes
Makes: 5 servings