Zarda | How to make Zarda

By Afroz Shaikh  |  11th Apr 2016  |  
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About Zarda Recipe

Zarda is a very common sweet in northern parts of India. It’s a sweet rice preparation also commonly know as meethi chawal.

Zarda is a popular aromatic and delicious dish. You can try making this amazing Zarda in your kitchen. This recipe requires 60 minutes for preparation and 25 minutes to cook. The Zarda by Afroz Shaikh has detailed steps with pictures so you can easily learn how to cook Zarda at home without any difficulty. Zarda is enjoyed by everyone and can be served on special occasions. The flavours of the Zarda would satiate your taste buds. You must try making Zarda this weekend. Share your Zarda cooking experience on the BetterButter platform. You can also use the "What's cooking" feature on the app to get in touch with other home chefs like Afroz Shaikh for inputs. In case you have any queries for Zarda you can comment on the recipe page to connect with the Afroz Shaikh. You can also rate the Zarda and give feedback.


Ingredients to make Zarda

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 2 small elaichi
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp orange food colour
  • 1 tbsp rosewater
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 4 tbsp chopped dry fruits
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1\4 tsp saffron

How to make Zarda

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 1 hour.
  2. To cook rice, heat water in a large vessel add food colour, rose water and pinch of salt. When water starts to boil add rice to cook.
  3. When rice is 85% cooked, drain the excess water and transfer rice in a big bowl, mix sugar with rice and keep it aside.
  4. In a separate wok heat ghee, add small elaichi and cloves and fry for a minute, add chopped nuts and saute for another minute then add rice and sugar mix and saute for some time.
  5. Soak saffron in 3 tbsp of warm milk and sprinkle it over the rice and mix well. Reduce the heat and cover rice with lid and put it on dum for 10-12 minutes or till the rice is completely cooked.
  6. Before serving, sprinkle more dry fruits and serve hot.

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