Saffron Tea | Zafran Tea

Cooking time
20 mins
3 people
Meal course
Posted on
3 tspn
Tea leaves
20 Strands
500 ml
2 no.
3 tspn
1 cup
Saffron Tea | Zafran Tea

Saffron or Zafran masala tea is an easy, fragrant refreshing tea made with cardamom and saffron. It is famous in Mid-eastern region and I became addicted after tasting it a couple of times in Dubai. This is just not about adding saffron in tea but a bit more to it to bring out the flavour. This Arabic Masala tea blends goodness of saffron into the flavourful cardamom tea.

The below method gives approximately 3 medium cups of tasty saffron tea.


  1. Use thick undiluted creamy milk for this tea as that is the main component for the flavour.
  2. Boil 500 ml of milk for 5 minutes and simmer it for 5 more minutes till the milk cream/malai starts forming on the top.
  3. Meanwhile, boil  1/2-3/4 cup of water, 3 tspn tea leaves,10-12 strands of saffron and 2 crushed cardamoms for 5 minutes.
  4. Crush saffron strands well between fingers while adding it to tea water.
  5. Add 2 big cups of thickened milk into the boiled tea decoction.
  6. Simmer it for 10 more minutes. Let it raise and simmer a few times.
  7. You can add 3-5 more crushed saffron strands after adding milk.
  8. Make sure, the milk does not pour outside by stirring it often.
  9. Add 2.5-3 tspn of sugar as per the taste.
  10. Stir until it dissolves, filter it well. Add few saffron strands while serving.

Serve it really hot. This tea will have a dark, extra orangish tint due to fresh saffrons.


Boiling saffron in water,crushing it well before use,adding it to warm milk for sometime brings out the colour and flavour of it better.


  1. I strictly avoid white sugar and added sulphur-free Khandsari sugar. You can also use natural Brown sugar as per taste.
  2. Use dark red good quality saffron for getting the exact flavour. I used fresh Afghan saffrons for this.
  3. You can even add rest of the boiled milk and simmer the tea for 5-10 more minutes and get some more reddish tint. But the flavour with the above mentioned method is by itself will be refreshing.

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