Zarda- Indian Sweet Rice Recipe
The Mughals in India ate a sweet rice dessert post-meal, which is popularly called Zarda. It is primarily made using rice, sugar, and saffron for the colour. Zarda is also known as meethe chawal and is prepared mostly during festivals like Eid and special occasions like weddings, celebrations, etc. The word Zarda has been derived from the Persian and Urdu word, “Zard” which means yellow. This dish is prepared with long grain rice, ghee, spices, yellow colour, sugar, and lots of dry fruits and nuts.
Setup time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving:
- ¼ cup ghee
- 2 tsp raisins
- 2 tsp dry coconut
- 2 pods cardamom
- 4 cloves
- ¼ tsp saffron
- ¼ tsp orange food colour
- ½ sugar
- Soak basmati rice in water for 30 minutes.
- In a large utensil (Kadai) heat 2 tbsp Ghee and roast cashews, almonds, raisins, and dry coconut, till they are golden brown.
- Keep aside.
- Mix until the colour is properly mixed.
- Add one cup soaked (30 minutes) basmati rice and mix.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes on medium flame.
- Mix gently and ensure that the rice is now half cooked.
- Add ½ cup sugar, 2 tbsp ghee, and the roasted dry fruits.
- Mix gently and melt the sugar.
- Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stir in between to prevent burning.
- Cook until the rice is properly cooked, do not overcook.
- Serve hot with garnishing of chopped nuts.