A Gilding of Shrimp & Saffron Rice


2 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4-1/2 teaspoon saffron threads (see Ingredient Note)
1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium yellow summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined
1/3 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Ingredient Note: Saffron, the world's most expensive spice, is the dried stigma of a crocus and contributes a pungent flavor and intense yellow color to food. It is sold in threads and powdered form.

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