Zarda Pulao | How to make Zarda Pulao

By Farrukh Shadab  |  11th Dec 2015  |  
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About Zarda Pulao Recipe

Zarda Pulao is a delicious sweet pilaff favoured with saffron, dry fruit nuts and aromatic spices. Zarda pulao is traditional sweet dish from north India which are served during festivals and weddings. Zarda Pulao is very popular dessert in Pakistan and Bangladesh also. Zarda actually mean “Yellow” in Urdu and This sweet pulao is yellow in colour, hence its called Zarda pulao.

Zarda Pulao is delicious and authentic dish. Zarda Pulao by Farrukh Shadab is a great option when you want something interesting to eat at home. Restaurant style Zarda Pulao is liked by most people . The preparation time of this recipe is 10 minutes and it takes 25 minutes to cook it properly. Zarda Pulao is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every region. By the help of this recipe you can definitely know how to make a perfect Zarda Pulao. Zarda Pulao is an amazing dish which is perfectly appropriate for any occasion. Zarda Pulao is delicious as well as healthy dish because it contains large amount of healthy nutrients. Surprise your family and friends by preparing this restaurant style Zarda Pulao at your home.

Zarda Pulao

Ingredients to make Zarda Pulao

  • 2 cups long grain basmati rice soaked for an hour
  • 1&1/2 cup sugar
  • A generous pinch of saffron soaked
  • in 1/4 cup of water atleast for few hours
  • 1&1/2 tablespoon, Charoli nuts (chiraunji)
  • 1/4 cup, cashews, broken
  • 1/4 cup, raisins
  • 3 tablespoon, dried coconut, sliced or chopped
  • 4-5 green cardamom
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1&1/2 inch size cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 tablespoon, ghee/unsalted butter
  • 100 gms, khowa/mawa ( grated)
  • 1 teaspoon, orange zest
  • ( a must, cannot be skipped)
  • 1 teaspoon, lemon juice
  • A very small pinch of yellow food colour
  • Enough water for cooking rice

How to make Zarda Pulao

  1. In a heavy bottom pan, bring enough water to boil. Add soaked rice, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
  2. Cook until rice is just 80% done. Please do not cook it beyond 80%. Strain the rice boiled rice, spread it on the plate and keep it aside for few minutes. Do not discard whole spices.
  3. n another heavy bottom pan, heat ghee or butter Add coconut, cashews, charoli nuts and raisins, few until they are light golden brown. Do not burn them.
  4. Add sugar, orange zest and saffron water. Cook until sugar melts well. Add lemon juice and mix. Allow it to boil for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add rice and gently mix and make sure that all the rice coats well with sugar-saffron mixture. Cook for a minute.
  6. Sprinkle khowa all over the rice, cover the pan with tight lid and simmer (Dum) on very low flame for 15 minutes.
  7. Once done, gently fluff up the rice with fork. Serve warm.

Reviews for Zarda Pulao (14)

Devang Patel18 days ago


anu prabhat3 months ago

Good way

Gurmeet Sandhu6 months ago


AJ Jaya10 months ago

Nice good

Shoma Ghosh10 months ago

I love it

Piyali Sahaa year ago


Prajakta Nimbalkar2 years ago


g s2 years ago

my childhood favorite.

soni rathore2 years ago

it's look yummy. ..

Arshi Naaz2 years ago

so yummy&tasty

Ayesha Latheef2 years ago

tasty& yummy

nassu mussu2 years ago

so yummy dish mashllh

Ruchira Hoon2 years ago


Sujata Limbu2 years ago

Lovely dish :D

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