The weight of a teaspoon of saffron is about 1.4 grams. You could, of course, find less expensive saffron (but they come with far higher prices).
Saffron is a major spice in the world of Indian cuisine. The country produces the most saffron, in fact. You should know that there is a tradition of making dal with saffron powder. If you are interested in learning more about this, please read my articles on how saffron is prepared, how saffron products taste, and what you can do to take your saffron experience to the next level.
How can I prepare saffron in my kitchen?
You can make a delicious smoothie:
1) Take 1/2 teaspoon of powdered saffron, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and taste. If you get a rich and sweet taste, you can move on to the next step of the recipe.
2) If you are not too adventurous and need less sweetness or taste, switch to using 1/4 teaspoon of honey.
What About Saffron Tea?
In traditional Indian recipes, you will sometimes have saffron tea. Here are some of the ingredients you need:
1) 1/4 large piece (depending on how big the saffron is, you can make smaller pieces)
2) 2 teaspoons of fine water, plus a pinch or 3 tsp if using 2 different kinds of saffron.
3) 1/4 teaspoon of powdered saffron powder
4) 1 teaspoon of sugar
5) 4 to 6 mint leaves (optional)
6) 1/2 teaspoon of powdered saffron
7) 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh lime juice (optional)
8) 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest (optional)
If you are interested in making more saffron concoctions, or simply want to know more, take a look at my video on making a saffron cocktail using orange zest and mint leaves, here.
What To Do When Saffron Crystals Are Crystallized?
If you happen to find that a few crystals of saffron powder are not crystallized, you can easily treat it as such. These crystals will remain on and on top of
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