Saffron is widely used in many cuisines around the world, including Azerbaijani, to add flavor and color to sweet and savory dishes. Most recipes with saffron, including rice pilafs, call for saffron infusion to be added to the dish.
Learn how to make this infusion with the tutorial below. Note that the amount of saffron and water may differ from recipe to recipe, so refer to your particular recipe for the specifics. This is just a general guideline:
1. Grind saffron threads into powder using a mortar and pestle.
2. Put powdered saffron in a cup or a glass, pour hot water on top, cover with a saucer, and set aside for 20 minutes, for the color and flavor to develop. The infusion will be bright orange-red in color and very aromatic. It is ready to use.