Celebrate the vibrant festival of Basant Panchami with a delightful twist to the traditional rice dish. GOODB brings you a special Kesari Honey Rice recipe that combines the richness of saffron-infused rice with the sweetness of honey, creating a delectable dish that is sure to be a hit during your festive celebrations.


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup GOODB Honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • A pinch of edible camphor (optional, for added fragrance)
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


1. Rinse and Soak the Rice:

• Wash the Basmati Rice under cold water until the water runs clear.

• Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes to allow it to absorb moisture.

2. Prepare the Saffron Infusion:

• Warm the milk and add saffron strands to it. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes, allowing the saffron to infuse its flavor and color into the milk.

3. Cook the Rice:

• In a large pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.

• Drain the soaked rice and add it to the boiling water.

• Cook the rice until it is 70-80% done, ensuring it retains a slight bite.

4. Drain and Set Aside:

• Drain the partially cooked rice and set it aside.

5. Saute Nuts:

• In a separate pan, heat ghee over medium heat.

• Add chopped cashews and sliced almonds, sautéing until they turn golden brown.

6. Combine Rice and Nuts:

• Gently mix the partially cooked rice with the sautéed nuts, ensuring an even distribution.

7. Add Saffron Milk Mixture:

• Pour the saffron-infused milk over the rice-nut mixture, stirring gently to coat the rice with the aromatic saffron flavor.

8. Sweeten with GOODB Honey:

• Drizzle GOODB honey over the rice, adjusting the quantity according to your sweetness preference. Mix well.

9. Flavor with Cardamom and Edible Camphor:

• Sprinkle cardamom powder over the rice and add a pinch of edible camphor for an extra layer of fragrance. Mix gently.

10. Simmer and Steam:

• Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the rice simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld, and the rice to fully cook.

11. Garnish and Serve:

• Once the rice is fully cooked and aromatic, garnish with fresh mint leaves.

• Serve the Basanti Panchami Special Kesari Honey Rice hot, bringing the essence of the festival to your table.


Enjoy this delightful and aromatic Kesari Honey Rice made with Basmati Rice, adding a touch of sweetness to your Basanti Panchami celebrations.