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Saffron Rice (Arroz Azafrán)

A tasty and colorful rice dish that goes well with grilled fish, poultry and meat.

5 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1.5g strands saffron

(1 teaspoon) or a few pinches of powdered saffron, diluted and crushed in small amount of hot water

400g (1 3/4 cup, 14 ounces) short-grain rice


8 dl (3 1/2 cups, 28 ounces) tomato paste

Parsley leaves for garnish

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in large saucepan and saut onions until soft. Stir in saffron, rice and a pinch of salt. Add hot broth. Bring to boil. Lower heat and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes. Just before serving, stir in tomato paste and 3 tablespoons butter. Quickly put rice in a mold, pressing down lightly with a spoon. Unmold onto serving dish and garnish with parsley leaves.

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