Top 20 Delicious Saffron (Kesar) Recipes To Try Out

Top 20 Delicious Saffron (Kesar) Recipes To Try Out

Were you looking for preparing desserts with saffron (kesar) threads? Well, not only desserts, but you can also cook main course dishes out of saffron to greet your guests or impress your kids.Here is the list of the top 20 saffron recipes to try out at home.

1.Kesar Elaichi Ice Cream

This delicious no-churn ice cream is one of the best dessert recipes that you can try out at home, and the recipe for preparing this mouth-watering dessert is as simple as reading this article. The ingredients you need are only five in number, which are heavy cream, condensed milk, saffron strands soaked in hot milk, ground cardamom, and chopped pistachios. It takes just 15 minutes to cook this, and once it is ready, you can refrigerate before serving.


2.Kesar Kulfi

This is another dessert recipe that is prepared out of saffron specially for festive occasions and celebrations. The ingredients required are simple and readily available in the market. They are milk, sugar, saffron strands, cardamom powder, and finely chopped pistachios. This is an amazing vegan North Indian dessert that you can easily try out at home.



This is a famous sweet recipe of Bengal that is primarily made of saffron strands and bathed in saffron milk. It is topped with finely chopped almonds, pistachios, nuts, and saffron to make it more delicious. The ingredients are milk, lemon juice, ice water, white sugar, cardamom powder, saffron, pistachios, nuts, and almonds.


4.Motichoor Laddu

It takes just 30 minutes to make these awesome, soft, and finger-licking sweets, and for preparing these, all you need is gram flour, sugar, water, saffron, melon seeds, black cardamom, saffron powder, edible oil, and ghee. You can use syrup (homemade or store-bought) to top these motichoor laddus.


5.Kesar Shrikhand

This saffron dessert recipe is primarily made of thickened hung curd, that takes just 5 minutes to get prepared. You can serve this instantly to your guests because it is quick to make, and the ingredients used are available in almost every household. They are warm milk, thick curd, saffron strands, powdered sugar, cardamom powder, pistachios slivers, and almond slivers.


6.Saffron Rice Kheer

It is very easy and effortless to prepare this sweet and delicious Indian saffron pudding as it takes just 35 minutes to get prepared. You can add rose water to this dessert so that it emits a very sweet and elegant smell. The ingredients are crushed cardamom, salt, sugar, pre-soaked basmati rice, warm milk, ghee, saffron strands, rose water, dried rose petals, and chopped nuts.


7.Mewa Kesar Roll

Also known as Khoya Kheer roll, this dish is mainly a North Indian dish made of simple ingredients that you can serve chilled or at normal temperature. So, for preparing this, we will need powdered sugar, cardamom powder, grated mawa (khoya), saffron strands, milk, saffron food color, edible silver leaf (vark), and finely chopped pistachios.


8.Saffron Milkshake

Preparing this Persian saffron dessert is very easy and quick, as it takes just 5 minutes to prepare. You can prepare this drink for hot and humid summer days to provide relief from the scorching heat. The ingredients that we will need are vanilla ice cream, milk, bloomed saffron, powdered cardamom, and rose water. It is advised to avoid using ice in this milkshake as it deteriorates the taste of saffron.


9.Persian Saffron Rice Pudding

Also known as Shole Zard, this Persian rice pudding requires very simple ingredients to get prepared, like those which are present in almost every household. They are water, white sugar, salted butter, short-grain rice, rose water, ground cardamom seeds, saffron soaked in warm milk, rose buds, ground cinnamon, almond flakes, whole almonds, dried crushed rose petals, slivered almonds, slivered pistachios, and edible silver leaf.


10.Kesar Peda

This is a North Indian sweet recipe made of saffron and khoya that is generally served after the meal. For preparing this, we will need saffron strands, crumbled khoya (mawa), milk, powdered sugar, and cardamom powder. It takes just 15 minutes to prepare these delicious after-meal sweets.


11.Shahi Pulao

This is a mouth-watering main course recipe made of saffron that you can easily try out at home using ingredients like cooked basmati rice, saffron strands, ghee, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, chopped green chillis, sliced onions, chili powder, turmeric powder, cottage cheese cubes, blanched cauliflower, boiled green peas, chopped canned pineapple, salt, chopped coriander, fried cashew nuts, and fried raisins.


12.Coconut Barfi

This special barfi is known by different names in different states of India like Chaba, Tengai Barfi, Copra pak, and others. The ingredients required are coconut, sugar, ghee, cardamom powder, chopped cashew nuts, chopped pistachios, milk, mawa, condensed milk, and finely chopped almonds. It takes just 20-25 minutes to prepare this dish.


13.Saffron Milk Cake

This is creamy, milky, and saffron-infused dessert that takes 40 minutes to get prepared, and is prepared using ingredients like all-purpose flour, baking powder, hot water, saffron threads, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, whipping cream, condensed milk, icing sugar, dried rose petals, and slivered pistachios.


14.Saffron Rice

This is an authentic aromatic saffron main course recipe that you can easily try out at home using ghee, caraway seeds, cardamom seeds, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, thin strands of mace, basmati rice, saffron strands, turmeric powder, water, salt, and chopped coriander leaves.


15.Swedish Saffron Buns

For preparing these sweet and crispy snacks, all you need is milk, white granulated sugar, saffron threads, active dry yeast, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, cardamom seeds, unsalted butter, sour cream, eggs, and raisins. When preparing this, make sure you bake the dough at 400 F for at least 10 minutes and it will be ready!


16.Kesar Pistachio Biscuits

These sweet, crispy, and yummy vegan biscuits take less than an hour to prepare and use simple and very few ingredients like unsalted butter, powdered sugar, saffron strands, all-purpose flour, cardamom powder, slivered pistachios, and dried and crushed rose petals.


17.Kesar Kulfi Falooda

This is another Indian dessert recipe made of saffron that is prepared using saffron strands, warm milk, cornflour, sugar, cardamom powder, rose syrup, soaked Falooda, and chopped mixed nuts (like almonds, cashews, and pistachios).


18.Persian Cranberry Rice Pilaf

For preparing this sweet Persian main course dish, all you need is basmati rice, ghee (or butter), salt, onions, turmeric powder, sumac powder, granulated sugar, dried cranberries, olive oil, saffron threads, and roasted shelled pistachios.


19.Saffron Bundt Cake With Pears

This is a Christmas-special yummy cake recipe that you can easily try out making at home using bread crumbs, butter, whole milk, pears, saffron threads, lemon juice, caster sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, plain flour, baking powder, salt, Greek yogurt, and icing sugar.



This is a summer-special tangy raw mango drink that is prepared using five ingredients only. They are raw mangoes, sugar, cardamom powder, black salt, and saffron threads. It takes 25 minutes to prepare this drink.