First, use ¼ cup of boiling water and pour into a bowl. Add a pinch ofsaffronand let sit for about 10 minutes. The saffron will release its color and aroma use the water and the saffron later in the recipe.
In a flat pan heat up olive oil and add the onion. Sauté until golden then add ground turmeric and sauté for about a minute. Add the following spices:cinnamon,cardamom green pods,whole bay leaf, andsaffronwith the water. Add almonds, raisins and carrot, and sauté on medium heat until all ingredients are coated with the spices about 8 minutes. Add rice and gently fold it in the mixture. Add remaining 1 ¼ cup of cold water and mix gently. Lower the heat and cover cook for about 15-20 minutes.