zarda recipe | meethe chawal recipe | zarda rice | zarda pulao | sweet rice with detailed photo and video recipe. a popular north indian flavoured rice recipe prepared with basmati rice, saffron and sugar. the dish is typically served as a dessert after the meal or perhaps during the meal during the special occasions and celebrations. generally, the dish has a bright yellow in colour with its appearance due to the use of saffron.
¼ cup ghee / clarified butter
8 cashew / kaju (halves)
5 almond / badam (chopped)
2 tsp raisins / kishmish
2 tsp dry coconut / kopra
2 pods cardamom / elachi
4 cloves / lavang
1 cup water
¼ tsp saffron / kesar
¼ tsp orange food colour (optional)
½ cup basmati rice (soaked 30 minutes)
½ cup sugar
firstly, in a large kadai heat 2 tbsp ghee and roast 8 cashew, 5 almond, 2 tsp raisins and 2 tsp dry coconut.
roast to golden brown on low flame and keep aside.
in the remaining ghee add 2 pods cardamom and 4 cloves.
also add 1 cup water, ¼ tsp saffron and ¼ tsp orange food colour.
mix well making sure the colour is mixed well.
further, add 1 cup soaked basmati rice (30 minutes) and mix well.
cover and cook on medium flame for 10 minutes.
mix gently, making sure rice is half cooked.
further add ½ cup sugar, 2 tbsp ghee and roasted dry fruits.
mix gently making sure sugar melts.
cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
stir in between to prevent from burning.
cook until the rice is cooked completely. and do not overcook as rice turns mushy.
finally, serve meethe chawal / zarda pulao hot garnished with few chopped nuts.