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Zarda Pulao/Sweet Rice

Ruchi sharma
20 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Zarda Pulao/Sweet Rice RECIPE

Zarda pulao is made during celebrations so a good quality of dry fruits and ghee is added into it to make it rich and delicious.Traditionally first the rice is cooked 70-80% and then sugar and nuts ate added into it and simmer till done.I am posting a quick and easy recipe to make zarda pulao in a pressure cooker.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Festive
  • Mughlai
  • Pressure Cook
  • Dessert
  • Egg Free

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Saffron strands 1Tsp
  2. Saffron food colour 1/2Tsp
  3. Basmati rice 1 cup
  4. Warm milk 3Tbsp
  5. Rose water 2Tsp
  6. Sugar 1 cup
  7. Ghee 2Tbsp
  8. Chopped mixed nuts 1/4 cup
  9. Raisins 2Tbsp
  10. Tutti Fruity 1Tbsp
  11. Green Cardamom 3-4 No.
  12. Cinnamon stick 1 No.
  13. Bay leaf 1No.
  14. Cloves 3-4 No.
  15. Water 1 1/2 cup


  1. Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes in enough water.
  2. Soak saffron strands in Luke warm milk and keep aside.
  3. After 20 minutes drain the water from the soaked rice.
  4. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker.
  5. Add Cloves,cardamom,Cinnamon,bay leaf and the chopped dry fruits .
  6. Stir for few seconds.
  7. Now add rice and stir fry for a minute.
  8. Now add saffron milk,sugar and water in the cooker and mix well.
  9. When the mixture start boiling add rose water and close the cooker lid.
  10. Pressure cook on medium heat for 1 whistle.
  11. Let it cool down completely .
  12. Open the cooker and gently flip with a fork.
  13. Garnish with raisins and tutti fruity.
  14. Serve hot.

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Geetanjali Khanna
Geetanjali Khanna   Dec-06-2017

A perfect rice delicacy.

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