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 a delicious dish which is liked by the people of every age group. Zarda Pulao by Farrukh Shadab is a step by step process by which you can learn how to make Zarda Pulao at your home. It is an easy recipe which is best to understand for the beginners. Zarda Pulao is a dish which comes from UP cuisine and is very much popular throughout the worldwide This recipe is perfect to serve 4 people. You can find this dish at almost every restaurant and you can also prepare this at your home. It is an easy recipe which doesn't take so much time. This amazing and mouthwatering Zarda Pulao takes 10 minute for the preparation and 25 minute for cooking. The aroma of this Zarda Pulao make you more hungry and you couldn't stop yourself from having this. When you want to prepare something very tasty and delicious for any party or special occasion then Zarda Pulao will be the best option for you. The flavor of Zarda Pulao is unforgettable and you will enjoy each and every bite of this. Try this Zarda Pulao at your weekends and impress your family and friends.

    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 (2)

    Rifa Khana year ago

    What if we don’t have orange zest

    Mrs. Shruti Awasthy2 years ago

    I made this this was awesome

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